Vannak (in the photo) is twenty-five years old and his wife, Voleak, is twenty-three years old. They live in a village about fifteen kilometers form Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. They have been married since 2009 and have two young sons.
Vannak is a security guard, while his wife is a cobbler in a shoe factory. Vannak is requesting his first loan of $1,200 to buy a motorbike to get work. He will also use a part of the loan to build a restroom for family use.
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.