Mrs. Sotheary C., age 31(shown in the photo with her mother), was married in 2006 and has two young daughters. She lives in a small village across Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. Her mother is farmer.
Both, Sotheary and her husband are teachers. Besides of teaching, she is a silk weaver as well. She sells her finish products to a middleman, who then takes it to sell in Phnom Penh market. Sotheary is applying for her first loan of $300 to purchase silk materials for her weaving business and purchase a water pumping machine for her mother’s farming business.
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.