Mrs. Sokheang S., 33, and her husband, Mr. Neang Ny, 32, live in a small village across the Mekong River about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh. They were married in 2000 and have two daughters. One of them attends school and the other one is still young and stays at home.
Sokheang has been a silk weaver for ten years, a skill she learned from her mother. She sells her finished products to a middle man in the village who then takes it to sell at the Phnom Penh market. Her husband, Neang, has been selling pigs for ten years. He buys them at one village for resale at another village.
Sokheang is requesting a loan of $1000 to purchase silk material for weaving and to buy pigs for resale.
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.