Mrs. Chanthun H., 31, and her husband, Mr. Chen Chum, 32, live about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have two children, one son and one daughter. Both are still young.
Chanthun has been a scarf weaver for more than three years. She sells her finished products at a market in Phnom Penh. Her husband works in a garment factory.
Chanthun has asked for a loan from Kiva through Maxima one time already. She now is requesting another loan of $700 to purchase cotton thread to continue her scarf-weaving business.
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.