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Sily Y., 42, and her husband, Pha Sim, 45, a farmer, live in a small village on an island in Cambodia's Mekong River. Married for 18 years, the couple has one son and one daughter.

For the past decade, Sily has earned a living by weaving silk into cloth, a skill she learned from her parents. She sells her finished goods to a middle man in the village, who then takes it to sell in the capital city of Phnom Penh, which is about 10 miles away. In addition to her weaving business, hard-working Sily also runs a small grocery shop in the front of her home.

To grow her businesses, Sily is requesting a loan of $700 U.S. dollars to purchase more food to sell and silk to weave.

Additional Information


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.

About Cambodia

  • $2,600
    Average annual income
  • 68
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    Cambodia Loans Fundraising
  • $41,753,700
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $700 helped Sily to buy goods for a small grocery store and silk for weaving.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 31, 2008
Jul 23, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 15, 2010