Mrs. Lai E. is 46 years old and her husband, Mr. Phat Ban, is 48 years old (both are in the photo). They live along National Road Number 1 about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. The couple has been farming for 15 years. They have been married since 1987 and have four children: three sons and one daughter. Two are in school, one has full-time employment and another one is still young.
Besides farming, Lai also grows flowers and buys some flowers from the fellow villagers for resale in the Phnom Penh market.
She is asking for a loan of $1,000 to purchase a motorbike for her children to get 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.