Sivun (in the photo), 34, lives in a village about twenty-five kilometers from Phnom Penh City. She is a widow with one son and three daughters. All of her children are in school.
Sivun is a garment worker. She is applying for a loan of $800 to buy her neighboring land to expand her property. She will also use a part of the loan to build a restroom for family use.
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.