Mr. Sorn C., 64, and his wife, Mrs. Thoeun Non, 47, live along National Road Number Five, about eighteen kilometers from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. They were married in 1993 and have three children, two sons and one daughter. Two of them attend the local school.
Mr. Sorn has been farming and working as a hairdresser since he was young. He grows rice in the village, while his wife sells fruit in front of a factory. Now he is requesting a loan of $500 to purchase rice seed and to pay the fee for plowing his rice plot.
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.