Mrs. Sophat S. (shown in the photo) and her husband Mr. Morn Meu, have been married since 1984 and have five children: two sons and three daughters. Two of them are married and live outside the family home, one daughter is a garment factory worker, one son has full-time employment and another one attends school. The family lives on an Island in the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Sophat is a silk weaver. Her husband has been a boat repairer in the village for more than two years. She is asking for a loan in the amount of $350 to purchase a motorbike for her son to drive to work.
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.