Mrs. Sok S. (picture here), 25, and her husband, Mr. Bunthoeun Em, 22, live in a small village along National Road Number three about 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have been married since 2007 and have two young children. She also has her mother living with her.
Sok operates a business renting space in her house to garment factory workers because her house is located near the garment factory. Her husband is a construction worker. She is asking for her first loan of $300 to purchase rice for food.
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.