Phallin (in the photo) runs a grocery store at home in the village and also rents a space in her house to garment-factory workers. Her husband, Sokhom, is now a security guard. They live in a village about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have three sons and one daughter: two are in school and the other two are still young.
Phallin hopes to continue her business selling groceries, so she is applying for another loan in the amount of $300 to purchase additional grocery items for sale.
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.