Mao (in the photo), age 30, is a garment worker. Her husband Sophea, age 30, is a rice farmer and drives a motor taxi when he is free from farming. They live in a village approximately 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh City and have one young son.
Mao is applying for her first loan of $1,000 to assist in her husband’s farming business. She needs to buy a water pumping machine and pipe because the old one breaks and does not work.
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.