Mr. Sokun C. (not in the picture), 52, and his wife, Mrs. Soklay Hout (shown in the picture with new house), 46, who live in a small village along National Road Two about twenty kilometers south of Phnom Penh, married in 1980 and have eight children: one son and seven daughters. Three of their children are married and live outside the family home. One child has full-time employment and the other four children study in local schools.
Mr. Sokun has been a mason for twelve years, while his wife does housework and takes care of their children. The couple is building their new house but lack the money to roof the house. Therefore, Sokun is requesting a loan of US$ 300 to roof his house.
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.