Mr. Heng V. is 48 years old and his wife, Mrs. Phors Hin, is 38 years old. The couple lives in a village about 30 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have four children -- three sons and one daughter. One is married. Two of their children are garment factory workers, one attends school and another one stays at home.
Mr. Heng V. is a traditional Khmer doctor. He helps patients who have broken their hand or foot bones. His wife stays at home and does housework. Mr. Heng V. hopes to supplement their income with a new business, raising pigs, where he would sell the pigs when they grow big enough. He is applying for his first loan, for $1,000, to purchase piglets to raise and 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.