Mrs. Sokha N. (shown in the photo), 30, and her husband, Mr. Pha Man, 40, were married in 1993 and have three children--two sons and one daughter. Two of them attend school and another one has full-time employment. They are living along National Road Number Six, about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Sokha has been selling fruits for two years, while her husband is a blacksmith. She is asking for her first loan of $1,000 to purchase fruits for resale; she also will use a part of her loan to buy blacksmith materials for her husband’s 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.