Sohieng (in the picture), age 30, sells grocery items at home. Her husband, Vuthy, age 41, is a rice farmer and raises cows at home. 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.
Sohieng’s family lives in a village across the Mekong River about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. Sohieng is asking for a loan in the amount of $1,500 to buy additional grocery items for resale. She will use a part of the loan to build a shelter where her husband raises cows.
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.