Mrs. Than C. is 58 years old. Her husband, Mr. Punlork Em, is 55 years old. They live on an island in the Mekong River, approximately fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have been married since 1979 and have three children: two sons and one daughter. One is a garment factory worker, one is a construction worker and the last is in school.
Than has been selling silk and cotton products for almost a year. She buys from the weavers in the village and transports to sell in places around Phnom Penh. Her husband is a house constructor.
She is asking for her first loan of $300 to purchase silk and cotton fabrics for resale.
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.