Thuok (who we see here with her loom) makes a living as a weaver. She is a widow who is raising six children -- three sons and three daughters. They live on an island in the Mekong River about 15 from Phnom Penh City. Thouk is seeking a new loan, for $300, to continue her weaving business by buying material with which to make garments and other items.
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.