Mrs. Lang C., age 43, and her husband, Mr. Thy Sdoeng, age 43, have been married for twenty-one years and have five children: four sons and one daughter. The family lives along National Road Number Five approximately twenty kilometers from Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.
Lang has been selling lotus for fifteen years and her husband has been a fisherman since he was single. Lang wants to supplement her income by starting a pig-raising business, so she is applying for a $500 loan to buy piglets to raise.
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.