Sreyneang is a widow and a mother with two daughters who are in school. The family lives on an island in the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh. Sreyneang (in the photo) sells Khmer noodle in her village. Khmer noodle or Num Banh Chok is considered the national dish of Cambodia and can be served with a green curry soup and banana flowers, bean sprouts, water lily stalks and cucumber.
Sreyneang sells Num Banh Chok in the morning till almost mid-day. In the afternoon, she sells vegetables. She buys vegetables from fellow farmers in her village and carries them by bicycle to resell in front of the garment factory. She is also a scarf weaver.
Sreyneang wants to replace her bicycle with a motorbike, which will make it easy for her to transport vegetables. Hence, she decided to apply for a loan of $700 to purchase a motorbike.
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.