Sothea, pictured here, is a construction worker and his wife is a farmer. The couple has been married since 2009 and has a young daughter. They live on an island in the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Sothea is requesting a loan to buy a cow to raise and sell when it grows big enough.
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.