Malai M. (shown in the picture with her mother), 26, is single and lives with her parents. She has one brother and three sisters. Her brother is a driver, two of her sisters are in school, and one sister is a garment factory worker. The family lives along national road number one about seventeen kilometers from Phnom Penh.
Malai has been a garment factory worker for four years. She has been selling clothes that she creates for two years now. She is requesting a loan of $700 to purchase more clothes for resale.
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.