Thol (in the photo) is 53 years old. She has been married for almost twenty years and has two daughters, who are assisting her parents with the business. The family lives in a suburb of Phnom Penh.
Thol and her husband produce soy milk and ice cream for sale. They make the products at home and sell them in the village and in front of the garment factory. Thol is asking for a loan to buy an ice cream container as well as a motorbike to carry ice cream and soy milk to sell.
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.