Thay (in the photo), age 37, lives in a village near the Mekong River about 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. She has two daughters: one attends school and another one is still young.
Thay sells grocery items at home, while her husband is a motor taxi driver. She is asking for a loan to buy a new motorbike for her husband because the old one is breaking, meaning Thay’s husband spends lots of money on repairs.
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.