Soban (in the photo), age 41, lives in a Phnom Penh suburb. She is a widow with three children, two sons and one daughter. One of her children is married, another one attends school and the other is still young. Soban also has an elderly mother, who is living with her.
Soban is a garment worker. She does not have her own transportation to get work, and she very often spends lots of money on traveling costs. Facing this, she decided to apply for a loan to buy a motorcycle.
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.