Mrs. Sokha P. (pictured here), age 36 years old, is a widow with one son and two daughters. She lives along the Tonle Basac River, a tributary of the nearby Mekong River, about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penn, the capital city of Cambodia.
Sokha has been operating a business selling jasmine flowers since she was young. She grows them on her own and buys some from her village and transports them to sell in Phnom Penh market.
Sokha does not have enough capital to purchase jasmine flowers under contract for resale, so she is requesting her first loan in the amount of US$ 500 to increase her capital.
MAXIMA Microfinance Plc is a Cambodian microfinance institution founded in 2000 to help low-income rural and urban people and small- to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) access financial services. Sustainable access to credit helps to create jobs and enables business owners improve their living conditions, educate their children, provide health care to their families, and more. It also enables the rural poor to remain at home with their families, rather than moving to city centers in search of employment.