Mrs. Sokky S. (pictured above), and her husband, Mr. Sok-An Chheng, live on an island in the Mekong River, about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh. They were married in 1990 and have four children: one son and three daughters.
Sokky has been a silk weaver since she was fourteen years old. She sells her finished products to the middleman in the village, who then takes them to sell in Phnom Penh. Her husband has been a policeman for more than twenty years. She is requesting a loan of $600 to purchase silk materials for her weaving business.
MAXIMA Microfinance Plc 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.