Sokchhun (in the photo) and his wife Yem are rice farmers who also produce rice wine and raise pigs. They have been married since 2004 and have three children – two sons and one daughter. One is in school and other two are still young. The family lives along National Road Six, about twenty kilometers from Phnom Penh. Sokchhun is asking for his first loan of $1,000 to buy three more pigs to raise, as well as feed for his pigs.
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.