Mrs. Sony S. (shown in the photo) and her husband, Mr. Samath Sao, live in a village along the Mekong River, about 15 kilometers northeast of Phnom Penh. They have been married since 1990 and have three children: one son and two daughters. All of them are in school: two are attending universities. Mr. Samath Sao is a weaver.
Sony runs a grocery store from home. She also assists in her husband’s weaving business when she is free. She is asking for a loan of $1,200 to pay for her children's education fees. She will also use a part of the loan to purchase weaving materials.
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.