Mrs. Chhengkea H., 46, and her husband, Mr. Lieng Hun, 44, live on an island in the Mekong River about 15 kilometres from Phnom Penh City. They married in 1990 and have four children, two sons and two daughters. One of the sons assists his father in the business and the others are in local schools.
Chhengkea has been raising pigs for over 10 years. In addition, she is a silk weaver as well. Her husband has been a wooden house builder for more than three years. She has requested a loan from Kiva through Maxima one time already. She is now requesting her second loan of $800 in order to add to her own money to build a staircase for her house.
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.