Mrs. Von Y. (in the photo) and her husband, Mr. Koy Oul, live on an island in the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh. They have six children: three sons and three daughters. Three are married and live outside the family home, one attends school, one is a construction worker and another one has full-time employment in Phnom Penh. Her husband is a wooden-house repairman and a fisherman.
Vun was a weaver, but she stopped the business. Their main source of income is from her husband and her child’s salary. She is requesting a loan of $700 to purchase a motorbike for her husband to get to work.
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.