Mr. Sorm S. is 29 years old. His wife, Mrs. Rotha Pach, is 26 years old (pictured together)--they live along National Road Number 1, about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. They have been married since 2006 and have a young son.
Sorm is a building contractor (laying brick and plastering the ceiling and walls of houses). His wife is a garment factory worker. He does not have enough work, so he is asking for a loan of $1,000 to purchase additional materials to expand his business.
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.