Razel D. P. is from the village of Barangay 4, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental. She is 41 years old. Razel is married and has five school-aged children.
To make a living, Razel owns and manages a mini-grocery store located in the public market of Balingasag. At the same time she is also engaged in buying and selling ready-to-wear items for all ages, like dresses, shirts, pants and more. She sells these items in the local community.
Razel has been engaged in her business for over five years and earns approximately $260 a month from these activities. (Shown in the photo are newly purchased goods intended for selling.)
In 2009, Razel joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation by engaging in business activities. Razel is requesting a loan of 30,000 PHP which will be used to purchase additional products to sell. This will be her 1st loan from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated to expand 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.