Ly Heng (in the photo) and his wife, Sokhai, have been married since 2005 and have two children--a son and a daughter. One child is in school, but the other is still too young. They are living in a village about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Ly Heng and his wife sell fish, but the couple wants to supplement their regular income with a new chicken farming business. Thus, Ly Heng decided to apply for a loan of $1,000 to buy chickens to raise and to build a chicken coop.
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.