Sochea (pictured here) and her husband, Roeung, live in suburb of Phnom Penh about 25 kilometers from the city. They have six children: two sons and four daughters. Three are married and live in separate homes, one is a teacher and another one is in university.
Sochea and her husband are rice farmers. Roeung is also a retired teacher. Sochea is asking for her first loan in the amount of $200 to pay school fees for her daughter who is in university.
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.