Mrs. Sreypach P. (who we see in this photo), 25, and her husband, Mr. Channy Sorn, 28, have been married since 2003 and have three sons. One of them attends school and other two are still living at home. The family lives in a village near the Mekong River about 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh.
Sreypach makes a living selling fruits (such as mangos, bananas and papaya), buying them under contract from her fellow villagers and transporting them for sale in a Phnom Penh market. Her husband is a construction worker. Sreypach hopes to expand her business by buying additional fruits to resell, and is applying for a loan for $600 to make this possible.
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.