Sophay (shown in the photo) lives across the Mekong River about 17 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. She has six children she takes care of at home.
Sophay's husband is a construction worker and is also hired by villagers to cut trees. She is requesting this loan to pay for a sawing machine he bought on credit.
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.