Mrs. Savinh D. (shown in the photo), and her husband, Mr. Boeun Chea, live on an island in the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh and have been married for over thirty years. They have six children, two daughters and four sons. Three of their children are married and live outside the family home, one is a soldier, another is a construction worker and the youngest one is in school.
Savinh has been a silk weaver since she was 27 years old, a skill she learned from her neighbor. She sells her finished products to a middleman in the village who then takes them to sell in Phnom Penh. She is requesting a loan of US$ 500 to purchase silk materials for continuing her weaving business.
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.