Mrs. Aun P., 34, and her husband, Mr. Chrin Em, 31, residents of an island in the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh, were married in 1993 and have two children: one son and one daughter, both attending school.
Aun has been a silk weaver since she was 16 years old, a skill learned from her mother. She sells her finished products to the middleman in the village, who then resells them in Phnom Penh.
Previously a goldsmith, her husband has been driving a tuk tuk (motor taxi) in Phnom Penh for one year, and Aun is now requesting a loan of $200 to purchase a replacement trailer for his business.
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.