Mrs. Him K. (pictured in the photo with her loom), 52, is a widow with five daughters. Four of them are married and live outside the family home and another one attends school. They are living on an island in the MeK. River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Him has been a silk weaver since she was 16 yeas old. She sells her finished products to a middleman in the village who will take them to sell in Phnom Penh. She is requesting her first loan of $250 to purchase silk materials for her weaving.
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.