Sophat (in the photo) is a retired soldier. He is now a fisherman and grows rice, while his wife sells groceries and Chinese noodles. They live in a village about 17 kilometers from Phnom Penh City, and they have five sons who are in school. Sophat is asking for a loan in the amount of $1,500 to purchase a motorcycle for commuting.
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.