Sok P., 49, and her husband, Ret Kim, 50, live in a small village on National Road Number 2, about 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They were married in 1979 and have two sons and three daughters, all of whom are married. While one lives in the family home, the other four live outside.
Sok is a farmer; she grows rice and vegetables on her farmland in the village where she lives. Her husband is employed full-time in a company delivering pure drinking water. Sok is asking her first loan of $500 to purchase a trailer to carry vegetables 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.