Lakhena (pictured here) is 49 years old and her husband, Sokhom is 52 years old. They live in a village about seventeen kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have been married since 1985 and they have five children--three sons and two daughters. One is married and lives separately, two are garment workers and the other two attend school.
Lakhena sells soup and Chinese noodles in her village. Her husband assists his wife in the business. She is asking for a loan to expand the store where she sells soup and noodles because her shop is small. With the loan she will rebuild a bigger one. Lakhena will use a part of the loan to buy additional materials needed in her business such as chairs, plates, chopsticks, spoons and so on.
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.