Sabina A. is from the village of Bagong Silang, Iligan City. She is 54 years old. Sabina is widowed and has seven adult children. To make a living Sabina owns and operates a specialized retail store. The main source of income for the business comes from buying and selling used clothing and shoe products (ukay-ukay). She also buys and sells assorted products such as toys, combs, needles and threads. Sabina has been engaged in her business for over five years and earns approximately 5,000 PHP a month for these activities.
In 2010 Sabina joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Sabina has successfully repaid a previous loan of 5,000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to to purchase additional inventory and working capital. Sabina is requesting a new loan of 7,000 PHP which will be used to purchase additional stocks of used clothing. This loan will be the second loan taken out by Sabina from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve and expand her business.
HSPFI is one of 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.