Merlyn M. is from the village of Opol, Misamis Oriental. She is 34 years old and married with five school-aged children. To make a living, Merlyn owns and operates a specialized retail store where she sells seafood products, including fish and shrimp, in the local community. Merlyn is just starting this business. Previously she had a trisikad to transport passengers in their village (a "pedicab" or bicycle with a side-attached rider seat),
In 2009, Merlyn joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and her ability to engage in business activities. Merlyn has successfully repaid a previous loan of 5000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to purchase additional products to sell. Merlyn is requesting a new loan of 8000 PHP which will be used to purchase new items to expand her product offering. This will be her 2nd loan from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated to continue to improve her business.
HSPFI is one of the accredited partners of Opportunity International in the Philippines. It is based in Cagayan de Oro City and is reaching out to the poor households of Northern Mindanao.
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About Hagdan Sa Pag-uswag Foundation, Inc.
Hagdan Sa Pag-uswag Foundation, Inc. (HSPFI) is a non-governmental development organization founded in 1987 to promote Christian values through microfinance services in the Philippines. It partners with Opportunity International and the Mindanao Microfinance Council among others, and offers a range of business and community development services, including savings and insurance programs in addition to lending.