Miss. Leak L. (shown in the photo), 23, is single, lives with her parents and brothers and sisters in a small village across the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. Leak has been a silk weaver for eight years, a skill she learned from her mother. She sells her finished products to the middleman who then sells them in Phnom Penh. Leak is requesting her first loan in the amount of $900 to purchase silk material for her weaving business. She also will use a part of her loan to help her father to purchase fertilizer, pesticide and seed for his farm.
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.