Khean (pictured with her loom), age 44, is a weaver. Her husband, Saroeun, age 51, is a motor taxi driver. They live on an island in the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City and have four children: two sons and two daughters. Two are married and live outside the family home, one is a carpenter, and another is a tailor who specializes in formal and traditional Khmer clothing for weddings and other occasions.
Khean is asking for a loan in the amount of $1,000 to buy weaving materials for her weaving business. She will also use a part of the loan buy motorbike spare parts for her son-in-law’s motorbike repair 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.