Mrs. Sopheap C. (pictured here with her loom) and her husband Mr. Sam-oeun Soy live on an island on the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. They have been married since 2004 and have one young daughter.
Sopheap has been a silk weaver since she was 20 years old. Her husband works on a chicken farm. She is requesting a loan of $300 to purchase silk materials to 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.