Mrs. Chanthy H., 58, is a widow with five children – three sons and two daughters. One is married and lives outside the family home, one is a soldier, two assist their mother in the business, and one is a cell phone vendor. The family lives along the Tonle Basac River, a tributary of the nearby Mekong River, about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh.
Chanthy is a jasmine farmer. She hopes to supplement her income with a new business raising chickens, so she is asking for her first loan of $1,000 to purchasing chickens and chicken feed, and to build a chicken coop.
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.