Asi Mas sells fish that her husband catches. Her husband, Mosa, is a fisherman. When it is not fishing season, Asi Mas supplements with her new business selling perfume, beauty goods, and small electric and electronic items such as flashlights. She buys the items from Phnom Penh market and carries them by her motorbike to resell in her village.
Asi Mas wants to expand her business by purchasing more perfume, beauty goods, and small electric and electronic items for sale, so she is asking for a loan of $1,300 to help her capital. She will also use a part of the loan to assist in her mother’s grocery inventory by buying more grocery items for resale.
Asi Mas and her husband have been married since 1986 and they have one son and four daughters. Three attend school and the other two are still young. Asi Mas’s family is Cham Muslim. The Cham are an ethnic minority in Cambodia. They live in a village about 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
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.