Sophoeun (pictured here), age 35, is a fisherman. His wife, Sokhea, age 35, sells vegetables. She buys vegetable from fellow villagers and carries them by bicycle to sell in a Phnom Penh market. She wants a motorbike to make it easier for her to carry her vegetables; hence, Sophoeun is asking for his first loan of $600 to buy a motorbike for his wife.
The couple lives in a village across the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have three children: two sons and one daughter.
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.