Hoeun L., 31, lives with her husband, Sok-eng Rin, 34, in a small village along the Mekong River, about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They were married in 2002 and have two young children: a son and a daughter. Hoeun and her husband are in the photo above.
Hoeun has been working as a cleaner for a year now. In the past, she used to be a silk weaver. Her husband is an auto repairman. Hoeun is applying for a loan of $1,000 to purchase a new motorbike for commuting. Her motorbike broke down often, was costly to repair, and consumed more gasoline than newer motorbikes. Hence Hoeun has decided to sell it and wants to purchase a new motorbike.
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.