Sophea (in the photo) and his wife, Top, are rice farmers. They have been married since 1985 and have two daughters. One daughter is married and still lives in family home while the other one attends school. The family lives in a village approximately 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh.
Sophea is applying for a loan in the amount of $1,000 to help raise capital for his son-in-law to launch a fishing business. He will use the money from the loan to buy a boat, boat motor and fishing materials.
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.