Mrs. Sotheary U., 41, has been married to Mr. Phea Pok, 45, since 1984 and they have four children: three sons and one daughter. Her husband is a mason. The family lives on an island in the Mekong River about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
One son is a construction worker and other two are in school. One of her sons just finished his beauty salon skill training and runs a beauty salon at his home.
Sotheary has been a silk weaver since 1980, a skill she learned from her mother. She sells her finished products to the middleman in the village, who then takes the products to sell in Phnom Penh. Sotheary is asking for a loan of $500 to purchase silk materials for continuing her silk weaving and to buy materials for her son’s beauty salon.
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.