Sichan (in the photo) is 31 years old and her husband, Chantha is 25 years old. They live in a village about 30 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have been married since 2005 and have two children who are in school.
Sichan is a rice farmer, while her husband is a construction worker who assists his wife in rice farming when he is free. Sichan is applying for her first loan in the amount of $1,200 to buy a motorbike for her brother to get 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.