Mrs. Sokhoeun S. is a silk weaver. Her husband, Mr. Sothorn Soem, is a policeman. They have been married since 1986 and have four children – one son and three daughters. One of them is married and lives outside the family home and the others attend school. The family lives in a village across the Mekong River, about 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
One of Sokhoeun's daughters is attending university and is in the second year. Sokhoeun hopes to support her child's further education, so is therefore applying for a loan of $900 to pay her daughter's school fees and purchase silk materials for continuing 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.