Mrs. Vanky V. (in the photo with her loom), 30, and her husband, Sokha Toek, 37, have been married since 1998. They have three children -- one son and two daughters. The family lives on an island on the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh.
Mrs. Vanky V. is a silk weaver. Her husband is a construction worker. She is requesting her first loan of US$1,200 to purchase weaving materials (raw silk) 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.