Mrs. Bunthorn C., 59, and her husband, Mr. Hey Hun, 62, live in a small village along National Road #5, about twenty kilometers from Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. They were married in 1982 and have ten children: four sons and six daughters. Three of them are married and live outside the family house. Two daughters are garment factory workers, one son is a fisherman and the other children attend school.
Bunthorn has been a fish farmer for 2 years. It is a skill she learned from her neighbor. She buys small fishes to raise; when the fishes grow enough, she sells them to a middleman. Her husband has been a fisherman for 15 years. He fishes in the river nearby his house.
Bunthorn is requesting a loan of $1000 to buy a surface air supply system to dive into the river to place fishing nets. Parts of a surface air supply system include a generator, air compressor, regulators, and diving harnesses. The remainder of the loan will be used to fishing nets.
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.