Mrs. Savoeun H. (was in the photo) and her husband, Mr. Chhunnat Khim, live on an island in the Mekong River about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. They were married in 1994 and have four children -- two sons and two daughters. Three of them are in school and another one stays home.
Savoeun has been a silk weaver since 1992. She sells her finished products to the middleman in the village, who then takes them to sell at Phnom Penh market. Her husband has been a mason for more than fourteen years.
Savoeun is requesting a loan of $800 to build a restroom for family use, and to buy a bicycle for her children to drive to school and to use 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.