Mrs. Sophea M., 36 (pictured with her husband), and her husband, Mr. Sina Noun, 39, live along National Road Number One about 35 kilometers from Phnom Penh. They were married in 2004 and have a young son.
Sophea has been a tailor for 8 years. In addition to her tailoring business, she sells second-hand clothes. Her husband has been a security guard for many years. She is applying for her first loan of $ 1,200 to purchase silk fabrics for her tailoring business and second-hand clothes to resell.
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.