Mr. Em C., 65, and his wife, Mrs. Nut SOUN, 53, were married in 1972. They have three sons, one of whom weaves mosquito nets at home. The other two of are masons. And their only daughter has full time employment. The family lives across the Mekong River about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh.
Em and his wife have been mosquito net weavers since 1985. He is in his middle 60s but still strong enough to work. They sell the finished products to the middleman in the village who will take them to sell in Phnom Penh.
Now, Em is requesting a loan of US$1100 to purchase a looming semi machine for weaving mosquito nets.
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.