Mrs. Sitha S., 27, and her husband, Mr. Thol Prum, 35, who live along national road number one about 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh, were married in 2000 and have two young daughters.
Sitha has been selling pork and vegetables for nine years. She buys these items from Koki market which is about 4 kilometers from her home and resells them in her village. Her husband has been a motor taxi driver for over ten years but his motorbike was stolen. That is why Sitha is requesting her first loan of $1,000. The loan will be used to purchase a motorbike for her husband so he can continue his motor taxi business and to dig a well for her family to use.
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.