Sophon, age 44, is a primary school teacher. Her husband, Cheun, age 42, is a security guard and a cleaner for a hospital. They live in a village across the Mekong River and about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have two children - one son and one daughter. Sophon is asking for her first loan of $1,000 to buy a motorbike for her husband to get to work.
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.