Aurelia R. is from the village of Pelaez, Claveria, Misamis Oriental. She is 53 years old. Aurelia is separated from her spouse and has three adult-aged children. To make a living, she owns and operates a sari-sari (variety) retail shop, buying and selling daily use products such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste, junk foods, canned goods and instant noodles in the local community. Aurelia and her husband are also engaged in corn farming. They plant, harvest and sell their harvested corn. Aurelia has been operating her business for over ten years and earns approximately $250 a month for these activities.
In 2009, Aurelia joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. She has successfully repaid a previous loan of 10,000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to purchase additional inventory and as working capital.
Aurelia is requesting a new loan of 13,000 PHP which will be used to purchase additional products to sell. This will be her 4th loan from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated 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.