With this clear objective, Erlinda knew that the only way was to have her own business. But she needed capital to start, and this is the reason why she joined NWTF-Project Dungganon in 2002.
After getting her first loan from NWTF-Project Dungganon, she started a food-vending business and a coffee shop adjacent to her house. The tasty meals she offered soon became popular in the community and her business continues to flourish. This nets a profit of PHP 5,000 per month, which has helped a lot in covering the family's daily expenses.
Erlinda just repaid the last installment on her 17th loan of PHP 18,000 and now she is applying to borrow PHP 20,000 to invest back into her business. Thus, she will have revolving capital to buy more ingredients for the food she cooks every day so that she can offer a wider variety to her neighbors.
In a world full of challenges, Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation, Inc. has answered the call of not just a few, but thousands of women. Through the alleviation program, these women have progressed from earning less than a measly $1 a day, to surpassing realities beyond their dreams. They have learned to live a life where they can finally be called honorable. This is Project Dungganon.
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On Friday November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan made its way through Southeast Asia, causing substantial damage to homes and businesses in areas of the Philippines. Given the state of devastation following this storm, borrowers living and working in these areas may have difficulty making repayments on their loans, thus making their Kiva loans higher risk. More information >>
About Negros Women for Tomorrow FoundationNegros Women for Tomorrow Foundation, Inc. (NWTF) is a non-governmental organization established with an aim to help women achieve self-sufficiency, particularly in the province of Negros Occidental’s low-income communities. The organization offers its clients a wide variety of products, including loans for micro-entrepreneurs, hospital income benefits, life insurance, accidental death benefits and more. Kiva lenders’ funds will be used to expand the reach of these products to women in low-income urban and rural communities.
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