Seur (in the photo), age thirty-three, sells grocery items at home and grows rice when rice farming season comes. Her husband, Phorn, age thirty-two, is a construction worker. Seur is applying for her first loan for an amount of $300 to expand her grocery store by buying more grocery items for resale.
They live in a village near the Mekong River about 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh City and they have four children, three sons and one daughter. One attends school and other three are still young.
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.