Mrs. Chhin M. (in the photo with her loom) is a widow with six children--two sons and four daughters. Four are married and live outside the family home; one has full-time employment and another one stays at home. They are living on an island in the Mekong River about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh.
Chhin is a weaver. She is requesting her first loan of $200 to purchase weaving materials (cotton thread) for her 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.