Marites C. is from the village of Tupsan, Pequeño, Mahinog, Camiguin Province. She is 36 years old. Marites is married and has three school-aged children. To make a living, Marites operates a mini-restaurant. The main source of income for the business comes from serving a variety of different meals to customers in the local community. Marites has been engaged in her business for over five years and earns approximately 9,000 Philippines pesos (PHP) a month from it.
In 2010, Marites joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Marites is requesting a new loan of 5,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase food and drinks for the restaurant. This will be the first loan taken out by Marites from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/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.