Mr. Thai L., 55, and his wife, Mrs. Saret Bou, 50, (they are pictured together) live along National Road Number One, about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have been married since 1979 and have four sons. Thai also has his elderly parents living with him.
Thai is a rice farmer and his wife sells Khmer noodles and grows flowers. He is applying for a $600 loan to purchase rice seed.
MAXIMA Mikroheranhvatho 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.