Mrs. Vanna C., 31, is a silk weaver and husband, Mr. Vuthy Him, 36, is a construction worker. They live on an island in the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh. They have four children: two sons and two daughters. Three of them are in school and the other one is still too young. Vanna sells her products to a middleman in her village, who then sells them in the Phnom Penh market. She has had one previous loan. Now she is requesting a new loan of $50 to purchase silk materials to continue her weaving.
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.