Roeun (in the photo), age 37, drives a school bus. His wife, Sok Em, age 30, is a garment worker. They have been married since 2000 and have three children--one son and two daughters. Two are in school and another one is still young. The family lives in a village about twenty kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Roeun also supplements his income with a motorbike repair business when he is free. He wants to expand his business, that’s why he has asked for his first loan in the amount of $1,000. He will use money from the loan to buy additional motorbike spare parts and build a shop.
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.