Nimol, shown in the photo, is a silk weaver, while her husband is a mason. They have two children: one son and one daughter. The family lives in a suburb of Phnom Penh.
Nimol sells her finished silk fabric to a middleman in the village where she lives. She requests a loan in the amount of 500 US dollars (USD) to assist in her silk weaving business by buying silk materials including raw silk.
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.