Mrs. Soknak N. is a widow with two sons and a daughter. She lives on an island in the Mekong River, about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh City. Mrs. Soknak N. is a silk weaver. She also buys silk products from weavers in her village and transports them to sell in another province far from her house. She is asking for a loan of $800 to continue her business by purchasing silk and cotton fabrics to sell and to replace an old untrustworthy motorbike.
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.