Seut (in the photo with her loom) is 38 years old, and her husband, Pon, is 40 years old. They live in a village across Mekong River about twenty kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have six children - four sons and two daughters. Five are in school and the other one is still young.
Seut and her husband are weavers. Besides weaving, they also grow rice. Seut is asking for a loan of $1,200 to purchase seed, fertilizer and pesticide to maintain her rice farm. She will also use a part of the loan 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.