Mr. Sim P. (in the photo), 53, and his wife, Mrs. Nai Srey, 51, live on an island in the Mekong River about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. They married in 1980 and have three children--one son and two daughters. All of them are married; two live separately and one lives in the family home.
Sim and his wife sell fish and vegetables. In addition, they also grow mushrooms at home. Sim is applying for a loan of US$ 1,200 to expand his business by purchasing more fish and vegetables for resale. He will use part of the loan for growing mushrooms as well.
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.