Miss. Sreymom V., aged 20, is single and lives with her widowed mother, sisters and brother in a small village across the Mekong River, about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Sreymom has been a silk weaver for five years, and learned this skill from a neighbor. She sells her finished products to a middle man in the village, who then takes them to sell in the market in Phnom Penh. Sreymom is requesting a loan of $600 USD to purchase silk material 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.