Mrs. Yanna H. (pictured above) is 39. She is hired by her villagers to put together fabric swatches for clothing manufacturers. Her husband, Mr. Ruos Reang, is 41. He is a tuk-tuk driver. Unhappily, his tuk-tuk broke down and did not work well, so he decided to sell it. He hopes to apply for a loan--to use with the money from selling his old tuk-tuk--in order to purchase a new one. That’s why Yanna is requesting her first loan of $1,000 to help with her husband's purchase.
The couple has been married since 1995. They have three children--two sons and one daughter. All of them are in school. The family lives in a village along National Road Number Five, approximately 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
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.