Phan lives in a village about twenty kilometers south of Phnom Penh City. She has one son and five daughters. Four are married, one is a garment worker and another one works for a factory that produces pure drinking water.
Phan sells porridge and sells Khmer noodles from home. Khmer noodles, or Num Banh Chok, are considered the national dish of Cambodia that can be served with a green curry soup and banana flowers, bean sprouts, water lily stalks and cucumber.
Anyway, she wants to buy a motorbike for her daughter who is a garment factory worker to drive to work. Therefore, she decided to apply for a loan in order to make the purchases!
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.