Mrs. Vicheka K. (pictured above) and her husband, Mr. Bunthoeun Pon, live on an Island on Mekong River about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh. They have been married since 2005 and have one daughter.
Vicheka and her husband are weavers. They sell their finished products to a middleman in the village who then in turns to sell in Phnom Penh. In addition the couple also raises pigs at home.
Vicheka hopes to expand her business raising pigs, so she is applying for a loan of $1,000 US to purchase more piglets to raise.
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.