Mr. Chantha S. is 43 years old and his wife, Mrs. Samoeun Kan, is 45 years old. They live along National Road Number One, about 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have four children – three sons and one daughter. One of them is married, one attends school, one assists his parents in the business, and one is still too young for work or school.
Chantha and his wife sell mangoes. He also drives a motor taxi when he is free. He is applying for his first loan of $800 to provide capital to his son-in-law to purchase piglets to raise and to build a pigpen.
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.