Kimnhan (in the photo), age forty-one, is a teacher. His wife, age forty-one, sells porridge and typical Khmer desserts in the school where her husband teaches. They live in a village about 12 kilometers from Phnom Penh City and they have three sons who are in school.
One of Kimnhan’s sons is in his second year at the Economic University in Phnom Penh. Kimnhan is asking for a loan of $1,500 to pay school fees and buy a motorbike for his son to drive to school.
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.