Mrs. Chanthen N. (pictured here) is 27 years old and her husband, Mr. Sophea Some is also 27 years old. They have been married since 2003 and have two children--one son and one daughter. Their daughter attends school and their son is still very young. The family lives on an island in the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.
Chanthen has been weaving for 12 years, a skill she learned from her mother. She is requesting her first loan of US$ 300 to purchase weaving materials for her weaving business.
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.