Mrs. An H. (pictured with her loom), is a widow with five children, three sons and two daughters. They are living on an island in the Mekong River about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.
An has been a silk weaver since she was young. She sells her finished products to the middleman in the village who then takes them to sell in Phnom Penh market. She is requesting a loan of $1,200 to purchase silk material for continuing her weaving business. She will use a part of her loan to buy a motorbike for her daughter to drive to work.
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.