Mr. Chheng I. and his wife, Mrs. Kunthea Sok, live along National Road Number One about 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh. The couple has been married since 1993, and they have two sons and one daughter, who are all in school.
Mr. Chheng I. has been a construction worker for more than three years, while his wife produces rice wine and raises pigs. He is applying for his second loan of $1,200 to help with his wife’s business by purchasing more piglets to raise and buying rice to produce more rice wine.
Photo: Mr. Chheng I. and his wife
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.