Chantheng (in the photo), age 21, is single. She is a tailor. She lives with her sister and widowed mother about 25 kilometers away from Phnom Penh.
Chantha’s sister is also a tailor. She wants to supplement a new business selling groceries at home, but she does not have capital, so Chantha decided to apply for a loan in order to help her sister with capital. Money from the loan will be used toward building a grocery shop and buy grocery items.
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.