Channy (in the photo), age 49, lives on an island in the Mekong River, about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. She is a widow with four sons: two have full-time employment, one is a teacher and another attends school.
Channy sells coffee from home. She sells black coffee, black coffee with ice, and coffee with milk and ice. She is asking for a loan to buy a motorbike for her son to get work, because Channy’s son commutes to work by taking a taxi or asking his neighbor for a ride sometimes.
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.