Mrs. Sokhun C. (in the picture) is 48. She and her husband, Mr. Thy Em, 43, live a suburb of Phnom Penh. They have been married for 20 years and have one daughter who is also married. Their son-in-law and grandchild are living with them.
Sokhun is a rice farmer. Her husband is a construction worker. The family does not have their own transportation so traveling costs them a lot of money. She is requesting her first loan of US$ 700 to purchase a motorcycle for commuting.
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.