Mrs. Sothea C., 46 years old, and her husband, Mr. Ruon Pram, live on an island in the Mekong River about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh. They have been married since 1995 and have two daughters.
Sothea is a weaver. She also buys finished fabric (silk and cotton) from fellow villagers for resale at a Phnom Penh market or other provinces far away from her home. Sothea is asking for a loan of $1,000 to purchase additional silk and cotton products for resale.
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.