Mr. Vuthy U., 33, and his wife, Mrs. Thoeurn Sam, 29, live in a small village along National Road Number 5 about 17 kilometers from Phnom Penh. They were married in 2002 and have two children; one son who attends school and one daughter who is too young for school. They also have one niece is living with them.
Vuthy is an English teacher at both Prek Phnao College and a private school in the village. He used to teach at his own house as well. His wife learned to sew from a neighbor and started her tailoring business in 2001. Vuthy is requesting a loan of $900 to pay for his master's degree fee and to replace his old motorbike.
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.