Mrs. Channtum S., 27, and her husband, Mr. Chaiya Chaum, 26, who live along National Road Number One about 17 kilometers from Phnom Penh, were married in 2004 and have two young daughters.
Channtum has been selling fruit for two years; she buys them on contract from villagers for resale in Phnom Penh. Her husband has been a fisherman since 1999, a profession he learned from his brother. Channtum is asking for a loan of $1,200 to purchase a trailer to carry fruit to sell and to buy mangoes for resale.
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.