Sarom (in the photo), age 29, is a widow with one son who is attending school. She lives with her mother and niece in a village about 35 kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Sarom is a garment worker. She is asking for her first loan in the amount of $1,200 to buy a motorbike to get to work because she commutes to work by bicycle which is tiring and untimely.
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.