Voeun P., 38, is single. She lives with her parents and two brothers on an island in the Mekong River, approximately fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh City. Voeun has been a weaver since she was fifteen years old. She sells her finished products to a middleman, who then sells them in a Phnom Penh market. Voeun is asking for a loan of $500 to purchase weaving materials for her 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.