Sokheang (in the photo) and her husband, Pon, are farmers. When it is not farming season, Sokheang weaves at home. The couple has been married since 1982 and they have four sons and five daughters. Four are married, three are garment workers, and the other two attend school. They live on an island off the Mekong River, about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Sokheang is asking for a loan in the amount of $1,500 to purchase a tuk tuk for her son to launch a tuk tuk-driving business.
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.