Sopheap (pictured with her loom), age 30, is a silk weaver. Her husband, Heun, age 26, is a construction worker. They have been married since 2006 and have two young children- one son and one daughter. The family lives in a village across the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. Sopheap is asking for a loan in the amount of 400 USD to assist in her weaving business by buying 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.