Touch (pictured above) is 53 years old and her husband, Mork, is 56 years old. They live in a village across the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have one son and two daughters. One is married and lives outside the family home and the other two have full-time employment. Touch and her husband are farmers. They grow sesame and gourds and also raise a cow at home. Touch is asking for a loan of $500 US to purchase a motorcycle for her children 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.