Sophin (in the photo), 42, lives along the Tonle Basac River, a tributary of the nearby Mekong, about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh City. She is a widow with two sons and one daughter. Two assist their mother in the business and the other one is still young.
Sophin is a banana and flower farmer. Her two children sell the flowers and bananas in Phnom Penh market.
Sophin is asking for her first loan of $1,000 to purchase a motorbike for her children to carry bananas and flowers to market.
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.