Mrs. Sameang S. (in the photo) and her husband, Mr. Sokcheat Keun, live on an island in the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. They have been married since 2005 and have two children: one son and one daughter. Both of the children are in school. Sameang is a weaver. She also invests with her parents in a rice farming business. Her husband is a security guard. She is asking for a loan of $300 to purchase seed, fertilizer and pesticide to maintain her rice farm.
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.