Sopheap (pictured above) is a silk weaver, a traditional Cambodian profession, while her husband is now a security guard. Sopheap hopes to continue her enterprise, and so is requesting a loan of $400 USD to purchase weaving materials.
The couple has two children, a son and a daughter, and the family lives on an island in the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
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.