Mrs. Lengkoem Y. (pictured with her loom) is 56 years old and her husband, Mr. Lan Tan is 61 years old. They live in a village across the Mekong River, approximately twenty kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have been married since 1974 and have six daughters. One is married and lives outside the family home, two are hairdressers, one has full-time employment and other two assist their mother in her business.
Lengkoem is a silk weaver, while her husband is a vegetable and rice farmer. She is asking for her first loan of $1,000 to purchase silk 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.