Mrs. Chanthoeun K., 44, and her husband, Mr. Chhunpov Eang, 52, who live in a small village across Mekong River about 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh, were married in 1985 and have ten children: four sons and six daughters. Three of their children are married and live outside the family home, two sons are security guard, and two daughters are in school.
Chanthoeun sells sickles. She buys them from Kampong Cham province, which is far away from her village, for resale at her house. Her husband has been a policeman for twenty-eight years, and he works in Phnom Penh. Chanthoeun is requesting her first loan to purchase a motorbike to use in her family.
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.