Mr. Dom D. is 32 years old, and his wife, Mrs. Chanda Yon, is also 32 years old (pictured together). They live in a village across the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh. They have been married since 2000 and have two sons. One is in school and another one is still young.
Dom is a chef. He cooks for a restaurant in Phnom Penh. His wife is a tailor. In addition, the couple also grows lotus. They hire their fellow villagers to grow lotus. Dom is asking for his first loan of $1,000 to purchase seed, fertilizer and pesticide to maintain his lotus farm and to pay for planting fees.
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.