Seila, 29, is single. She lives with her brother and sister and widowed mother in a village along National Road Number 5 approximately 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Seila is a garment worker. She is asking for a loan of $1,200 to buy a motorbike to drive to work.
Note: the motorbike behind Seila does not belong to her, it belongs to Maxima’s credit officer. Seila is just standing there to have her picture taken.
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.