Sokha (in the photo), 35 years old, and her husband, Ban, 44 years old, live in a village about seventeen kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have been married since 1991 and have five children (two sons and three daughters). One is a garment worker, three are in school, and another one is still young.
Sokha is a farmer, while her husband has full-time employment in a bakery. Sokha is asking for a loan of $1,000 to purchase seed, fertilizers and pesticides to maintain her farm, and to buy a water pumping machine.
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.