Mrs. Thea K. is a 44-year-old widow with three sons who are in school. She lives in a village off National Road Two about twenty kilometers south of Phnom Penh City.
Sothea has been selling fruits and flowers for almost ten years. She buys them from fellow villagers and transports them to Phnom Penh and sells them at the market. She is asking for a loan of $1,000 to expand her business.
MAXIMA Microfinance Plc 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.