Saroem, age 28, (pictured above) works for a dog-food factory. Her husband, Sovannara, age 24, is a garment worker. They have been married since 2010 and just have one young son. They live in a suburb of Phnom Penh.
Saroem is requesting her first loan in the amount of $1,300 to buy a motorbike to get to work.
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.