Sopheap (in the photo) is 36 years old. She and her husband, Sroeun, who is 35 years old, live in a village approximately twenty kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have been married since 1995 and have three children--two sons and one daughter. Two are in school, and the third is still young.
Sopheap is a garment worker, while her husband is a mason and a fisherman. Sopheap is asking for a loan of $1,100 to buy a new motorbike for her husband to get to work. The one they have now is old and breaks down very often.
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.