Mrs. Sothea L., 33, and her husband were married in 1997. They have two children: one son and one daughter. All of their children study in the local school. The family lives on an Island in the Mekong River about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh.
Mrs. Sothea has been a silk weaver for fifteen years, a skill she learned from her parents. She sells her finished products to the middleman in the village, who then takes them to sell in Phnom Penh. Her husband is a wooden house builder.
Sothea is requesting a loan of $400 to purchase silk materials to continue her weaving business.
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.