Thol (in the photo) is 52 years old and she and her husband, Kong, live in a village about 25 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have two daughters.
Thol and her husband have been selling soy milk for almost 20 years. They produce soy milk by themselves. Their two daughters assist their parents by carrying soy milk by bicycle to sell in their village and nearby villages.
Thol wants to purchase a motorbike and a trailer for her daughters to use to carry soy milk for sale, so she decided to apply for a loan. With a motorbike and a trailer which she will buy with money from the loan, it will be much easier than with the bicycle. Furthermore, Thol’s daughters will be able to carry a lot of soy milk to sell.
MAXIMA Microfinance Plc 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.