Vannak (in the photo), age 44, is a garment worker. Her husband, Sarith, age 49, is a soldier. They live in a suburb of Phnom Penh and they have three children - one son and two daughters. One has full-time employment, another one is a teacher and another attends school.
Vannak is asking for her first loan in the amount of $1,200 to purchase a motorbike to for her son to drive to school.
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.