Sokhum (in the photo) is 56 years old. She lives in a village about twenty-three kilometers from Phnom Penh City and has eight children--four sons and four daughters. Four of her children are married and live outside the family home; one is an electrician, two are garment workers and another one stays home.
Sokhum and her husband are rice farmers and raise cows at home. In addition, they are also hired to put together fabric swatches.
Sokhum is asking for a loan to buy a motorcycle for her children to drive 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.