Theary (pictured above) is 29 years old, and her husband, Khemryn, is 41 years old. They live in a suburb of Phnom Penh, about twenty kilometers away. They have two children: one son and one daughter. One child is in school and the other one is still young.
Theary is a garment worker, but she has stopped for a while because she is pregnant. Her husband sells rice; he buys rice from Phnom Penh market and sells them to his villagers. She is asking for her first loan of $1,000 to provide capital for her husband to purchase additional rice to sell.
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.