Sreymom (in the photo) is 31 years old, and her husband Meab is 27 years old. They live in a village near the Mekong River about 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have one young son.
Sreymom and her husband sell sugarcane. They buy sugarcane from their fellow villagers under contract. This means that they pay money before the harvesting season and then they collect sugarcane to sell at Phnom Penh market. In addition, Sreymom also operates a business planning and decorating for weddings. Her husband also drives a taxi.
Sreymom is applying for her first loan of 1,000 USD to purchase more sugarcane under contract for resale.
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.