Sokhoeun C. is 33 years old and lives with her husband and their two children, who are both students, across the Mekong River from Phnom Penh. Having learned the trade of silk weaving from her mother eleven years ago, Sokhoeun is very productive and sells her products to a merchant who eventually distributed them in Phnom Penh. Her husband, on the other hand, has worked as a taxi driver for about eight years. In order to purchase more silk material and increase her productivity, Sokhoeun is requesting a loan of $500.
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.