Mr. Sles S., 57 (pictured with his wife) and his wife, Mrs. Phatimas Sos, 52, were married in 1970 and have 10 children: 7 sons and 3 daughters. Six of their children are married and live outside the family home, and the other two are in school. The family lives along National Road Number Six about twenty kilometers from Phnom Penh.
Sles and his wife are fishermen. They fish from the Mekong river and sell to wholesalers, who then take them to sell in other markets. But sometimes their fishing materials break, which upsets their business. So Sles is requesting his first loan in the amount of $500 in order to purchase nets and to repair his fishing materials. With this loan, the couple will be able to continue their 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.