Sarun S. is 42 years old, widowed, and has one son who is a lathe operator. The family lives in a village along National Road number five approximately 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. Sarun sells fruits, which she acquires from her fellow villagers and sells them in Phnom Penh market. She is requesting her first loan of $800, which she will use to purchase a motorcycle for her son to drive to work.
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.