Mrs. Sut S. (pictured here), is 40 years old and her husband, Mr. Sophal Sun, is 38 years old. They have been married since 1999 and have three children: one daughter who is a silk weaver and two sons who attend school. The family lives on an island in Mekong River, about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.
Sut has been a silk weaver for 20 years, a skill she learned from her mother. She sells her finished products to a middleman, who then takes them to sell in Phnom Penh market. Her husband is a soldier. She is applying for her first loan in the amount of $1,100 to purchase silk materials for her weaving business and to build a kitchen.
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.