Mrs. Touch U., 29, and her husband, Mr. Nob Kong, 35, have been married since 2006 and have two young daughters. Besides her daughters, she also has her mother and one brother living with her. The family lives in a small village off of National Road Number Two about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Touch and her husband have been selling fish for two years. The couple always travels to buy fish from Prek Phnao market, about thirty kilometers from their house, for resale at Takhmao market.
Touch hopes to expand her business, so she is asking for a loan of $600 to purchase additional fish to sell.
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.