Gemma C. is from the village of Port Area, Iligan City. She is 46 years old. Gemma is married and has five adult children.
To make a living, Gemma provides computer services and sells used clothing or ukay-ukay to local community members. Gemma has been engaged in her business for over four years and earns approximately 15,000 PHP a month.
In 2008, Gemma joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her business and living situation. Gemma has successfully repaid a previous loan of 13,000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to to purchase additional inventory and for working capital.
Gemma is requesting a new loan of 15,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase tools needed for the maintenance of the computer service. This will be the fifth loan taken out by Gemma from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the loan 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.