Mrs Savoeun S. (pictured above at her loom) is 43 years old and her husband, Mr Sophal Hel, is 52 years old. They have been married for 25 years and have four children - two sons and two daughters. Both daughters weave silk at home, one of her sons is attending university and another one has full-time employment. The family lives on an island on Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh.
Savoeun has been a weaver since she before she was married, a skill she learned from her mother. Her husband is a wooden-house constructor, alS. since before their marriage. Savoeun is requesting a loan of US$1,100 to pay school fees for her son and she will use part of the loan to purchase silk materials for 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.