Sopheap (pictured above) and her husband, Sophal, have been married since 2006 and have one son who is in grade eight. The family is living on an island in the Mekong River, approximately 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Sopheap is a weaver, while her husband now raises cows at home. Sopheap wants to supplement her work with a new business and invest with her neighbor to grow rice, so she is asking for a loan of $1,000.The money will go towards buying seed fertilizer and pesticides to maintain the 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.