Sophy (pictured here) is a weaver and raises pigs at home. Her husband, Heng, is a farmer. He does fishing and construction work when he is free from farming. The couple has four sons and four daughters. They live on an island on the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Sophy is asking for a loan of $700 to assist in her husband’s farming business by buying a water pumping machine and pig feed.
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.