Mrs. Phum K. is 52 years old and her husband Mr. Ruos Sok is 53 years old. They have been married since 1979 and have seven children--six sons and one daughter. Three are married and live separately; two are construction workers and another one assists his parents in the business. The family is living in a small village on National Road Number Two about 25 kilometers from Phnom Penh.
Phum and her husband are farmers. They grow rice on their farmland in the village where they live. Phum is asking for her first loan of $1,000 to purchase a cow. She will use the cow to plow her rice farmland.
Photo: Mrs. Phum K. is at home, was not at the farm
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.