Sokean is 29 years old, and her husband Sophal is 32. They have been married since 2003, have two young sons, and are pictured together above. They live on an island located fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Sokean is a weaver, and she also buys finished fabrics from other weavers in her village for resale. Her husband is a motorcycle repairman. Sokean is asking for her first loan of $700 to purchase weaving materials for her weaving business. She will also use a part of the loan to buy more finished fabrics for resale.
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.