Mrs. Sonim S. (pictured here), and her husband, Mr. Socheat Yum, have been married since 2001 and have three young daughters. All of the children are in school. The family lives in a suburb of Phnom Penh, about twenty kilometers from the city.
Mrs. Sonim S. has been a garment factory worker for more than ten years. Her husband is a teacher. The couple has plot of the land and they want to operate a rice-growing business. But, they have no time and they are busy with their work.
For this reason, Sonim is applying for her second loan of $1,200 to hire the fellow villagers to grow rice and to purchase seed, fertilizer and pesticide to maintain her rice farm.
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.