Visal (in the photo), age 35 and his wife, Sarom, age 36, live in a village about twenty-five kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have one son and one daughter who are in school.
Visal is a rice farmer and raises cattle at home, while his wife sells fruits. He is asking for a loan of $1,300 to purchase a new motorbike for his brother because the old one breaks down and uses more gasoline.
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.