Mrs. Lang L. (pictured with her husband) and her husband, Mr. Sophorn Horn, live in a small village across from the Mekong River, about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh. They were married in 1988 and have four children: two sons and two daughters. Three of them attend school and one weaves silk at home.
Mrs. Lang L. has been a silk weaver for 5 years. She sells her finished products to middlemen in the village, who then take them to sell at the Phnom Penh market. Her husband has been building wooden houses for 5 years as well. Besides these businesses, the couple also grows rice on their rice farm near the village.
Mrs. Lang has received a loan from Kiva before, and is now requesting a loan of $500 to purchase silk materials for continue 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.