Mrs. Chanthorn L., 21, and her husband, Mr. Nak Chum, 24, live in a small village across Mekong River about twenty kilometers from Phnom Penh. The couple has been married for 6 months and they live with Chanthorn’s mother.
Chanthorn has been a silk weaver for 5 years, a skill she learned from a neighbor. She sells her finished product to a middleman, who brings it to Phnom Penh to sell. Her husband has been raising pigs and producing rice wine for 4 years. Chanthorn is requesting for a loan of $1000 to purchase more pigs for her husband to raise.
MAXIMA Microfinance Plc 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.