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Mrs. Sokhanthy E., 25, and her husband were married in 2007 and live with her mother, who grows rice in the village. The family lives along National Road Number Five, about 17 kilometers from Phnom Penh.

Mrs. Sokhanthy has been working in a garment factory since 2000, and her husband is also a garment factory worker.. The family lives in a Khmer wooden house, but its staircase is old and broken. Now Sokhanthy is requesting a loan of $600 to build a new staircase.

Additional Information


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.

About Housing Loans

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.

About Cambodia

  • $2,600
    Average annual income
  • 43
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    Cambodia Loans Fundraising
  • $38,691,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $600 helped Sokhanthy to build a staircase for her house.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 31, 2008
Jul 12, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 15, 2010