Mrs. Sopha P. and her husband have been married since 1971 and have six children: three sons and three daughters. One of their children is married and lives outside the family home, another one works full time, while three are in school. One of their daughters is a weaver, and Mrs. Sopha's son in-law is a blacksmith. The family lives on an island on Mekong River about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh.
Mrs. Sopha has been a weaver for over twenty years, but by now has transferred her business to her daughter. Mrs. Sopha's husband is a farmer. He grows many kind of crops in the farm near the house.
Mrs. Sotha is requesting a loan of US$1,000 to purchase silk material for weaving and blacksmith’s material for her son in-law to allow him to expand his 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.