Mr. Man M., 42, and his wife, Mrs. Amminas Man, 43, were married in 1980 and have five children: three sons and two daughters. Two of their children are married but live with the family and the other three children attend school. The family lives on National Road Number 6, about twenty kilometers from Phnom Penh.
Man has been a fisherman for 15 years, a skill he learned from his parents. He catches fish from the Mekong River near his village. Mrs Amminas Man sells the fish her husband catches to the villagers. Man is applying for his first loan of $300 to purchase nets for his fishing business.
MAXIMA Microfinance Plc 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.