Loeung (in the photo), age 54, lives in a Phnom Penh suburb and has four children, one son and three daughters. One is married and lives separately and the other two are garment workers.
Loeung makes and sells typical Cambodian cakes at home. Her husband is a district officer. She is requesting a loan to purchase a motorcycle for her son to drive to work. He commutes to work by bicycle, but taking a bicycle is tiring and takes lots of time.
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.