Mrs. Touch P. (in the photo) is 44 years old and her husband, Mr. Thon Proem, is 33 years old. They married in 1983 and have five children: two sons and three daughters. The family lives on an island in the Mekong River about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh.
Touch stays at home and takes care of her children. Their main source of income is from her husband’s business. He is a builder of wood houses. He wants to buy additional construction materials for his work, but he does not have the capital.
Hence Touch is asking for a loan of $1,000 to make the purchases for her husband.
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.