Ms. Pisey C., age 30, is single and lives with her parents on an Island of the Mekong River about seventeen kilometers from Phnom Penh City. She has three brothers, one of whom is a construction worker, and two sisters. One of her sisters has full-time employment and the other one weaves silk at home.
Pisey has been a silk weaver for ten years, a skill she learned from her mother. She sells her finished products to a middleman in the village who then takes them to sell in Phnom Penh market.
Pisey is requesting her first loan of $1,000 to purchase a motorcycle for her sister to use to commute to work.
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.