Mrs. Phirum C. (pictured here) is 36 years old and her husband, Mr. Sarat Pech is 32 years old. They live in a suburb of Phnom Penh approximately twenty-five kilometers outside of the city. They have been married since 1999 and have three children-two sons and one daughter. All of them are in school.
Phirum is a garment factory worker, while her husband is a construction worker. She is asking for her first loan of $1,200 to purchase a motorbike for her sister to drive to work.
MAXIMA Microfinance Plc 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.