Mrs. Soeun C. (shown with her fishing lot), 40, and her husband, Mr. Sokhan Oeun, 41, live along National Road Number Five about seventeen kilometers from Phnom Penh. They were married in 1990 and have one son, who is a high school student.
Mrs. Soeun and her husband have been growing rice since 1980 and started fishing in 1995. Sokhan fishes in the lake behind the village and sells the fish to villagers. Besides fishing and farming, the couple has been raising fish for two years. Soeun raises fish in her fishing lot in the Tonle Sab River. Now the couple needs money to buy baby fish and feed for their fish-raising business. Therefore, Soeun is requesting a loan of US $1000 to purchase feed and baby fish to raise.
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.