Mrs. Nao R. (in the photo) and her husband, Mr. Vuthy Cheng, live in a small village near the Mekong River about 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh. They married in 1987 and have four children--two sons and two daughters. One of them is married and lives separately, and the others are in school.
Nao is a weaver and assists her husband’s businesses--raising pigs and producing rice wine. Nao has asked for a Kiva loan several times already. She is now requesting another loan of $1,000 to purchase silk materials to continue her weaving business and build a new pigpen and buy additional piglets to raise.
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.