Mrs. Thorn M. (pictured with her loom) is 56 years old, and her husband, Mr. Khorn Thav, is 57. They have been married since 1979 and have four children, two sons and two daughters. The family lives on an island in the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.
Thorn has been weaving for almost 20 years. Her husband is a television and radio repairman. She is requesting her first loan of $200 to purchase weaving materials for her weaving business.
MAXIMA Microfinance Plc 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.