Mrs. Sarin Lao (pictured above) is 52 years old and her husband, Mr. Srun Kuch is 48 years old. They live on an Island in the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. They have been married since 1981 and have five children: three sons and two daughters. Two of them are married and live outside the family home, two attend school and one was hired to sell clothes. Sarin is a weaver. Her husband is an electrician. She is asking for a loan of $1,000 to purchase a motorbike for her children to drive to school and to buy weaving materials for her weaving 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.