Mrs. Phally M. (pictured with her loom), 43, is a widow with two sons and two daughters. She lives her sister, brother and parents on an island in the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. Her sister is a weaver and her brother is a security guard.
Phally is a weaver. She sells her finished products to a middleman in the village. She is asking for her first loan of $500 to purchase a motorbike for her brother to get 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.