Miss Yan C., 29, is single and lives with her parents and brother in a small village across the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. Yan has been a silk weaver for five years – a skill she learned from her aunt. She sells her finished products to a middleman in the village who sells them in the Phnom Penh market. Yan is applying for her first loan of $500 to purchase silk materials for her 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.