Sam Ath is a construction worker, while his wife, Touch, sells cake in her village. They have been married since 1990 and have four children--one son and three daughters. Two are garment workers. One is a Koran translator, and the other attends school. The family lives in a village approximately 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Sam Ath is asking for a loan of $1,000 to buy a new motorbike for his daughter to drive to school. Because the old motorbike (pictured next to Sam Ath) breaks and uses more gasoline than new ones, Sam Ath will sell it and add to the money from the loan to buy a new model.
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.