Mr. Leng K. (in the photo), is 49 year-old and his wife, Mrs. Sarin Chea, is 49 year-old, have been married since 1980 and have seven children, one son and six daughters. Two of the children are garment factory workers. The other two assist their mother with the farming business and three children are in school. The family lives in a village along National Road Number One, about twenty kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Leng is a chef. He cooks for wedding parties and other ceremonies. His wife is a farmer; she grows cauliflowers and green beans. In addition, Leng hopes to supplement their income with a new business by raising fish. He does not, however, have sufficient start-up capital. Therefore, he is applying for his first loan in the amount of $1,000 in order to launch the business.
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.