Lay (in the photo) is a silk weaver, while her husband, Thorn, is a house builder and does construction work. They live across the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have five children: three sons and two daughters.
Lay is asking for another loan of $1,100 US in order to buy a new motorbike because the one she has is old and breaks. She will also use part of the loan to continue her weaving business by purchasing silk materials.
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.