Mr. Samnang S. (pictured with his daughter), 44, and his wife, Mrs. Chanthoeun Norn, 44, live on an island on the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh. They have been married since 1983 and have one daughter. Samnang has been a security guard since 2008, while his wife has been a silk weaver since she was 16 years old. She sells her finished products to a middleman who takes them to sell in the Phnom Penh market.
Samnang is requesting his first loan of $500 to pay fees for his daughter who is learning wedding planning/decoration skills.
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.