Mrs. Soklun B., 43, and her husband, Mr. Chanra Pao, 43, were married in 1989 and have one daughter who is in grade 11. The family lives in a small village across the Mekong River about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Soklun has been selling finished silk fabric for fifteen years. She buys it from silk weavers in her village for resale in Phnom Penh market. Her husband works at a government office concerning fisheries. She is applying for a loan of $1,000 to purchase more finished silk fabrics for resale.
MAXIMA Mikroheranhvatho 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.