Sokan is 44 years old and her husband, Theng, is 50. They live on an island in the Mekong River about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh City and have five children--four sons and one daughter. One has full-time employment, one is a weaver, and the others attend school.
Sokan stays at home and does housework. The main source of income is her husband’s salary. He is a policeman. Sokan is applying for a loan in the amount of $1,000 to purchase a motorbike for her husband to get work.
Photo: Sokan is standing next to the motorcycle which she wanted to buy. She bought it, but she has not paid for it yet. She asks for the loan to pay for the purchase.
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.