Mrs. Lun K., age 47, is a widow with two sons and two daughters (she shown in the picture with her daughter). One daughter is married, but lives inside the family house. The other daughter weaves silk at home. One of Lun’s sons is a horse cart driver. The family lives in a small village across the Mekong River, about 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh.
Lun has been a silk weaver for 4 years; it’s a skill she learned from her neighbor. Besides weaving, she is also a farmer. She sells her finished products to a middleman in the village who then takes them to sell at market in Phnom Penh. Lun is requesting a loan of 1,000USD to purchase silk material for her weaving business and to repair the horse cart for her son.
MAXIMA Mikroheranhvatho 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.