Margarita is from the village of Aplaya, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. She is 57 years old, married and has 10 adult children. To make a living, Margarita owns and operates a sari-sari (variety) retail shop. While not the only means for generating revenue, the main source of income for the business comes primarily from buying and selling canned goods, snack foods, biscuits, beverages, shampoo, and soap in the local community. Margarita has been engaged in her business for over five years and earns approximately 10,000 PHP a month.
In 2011, Margarita joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Margarita is requesting a loan of 5,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase additional canned goods, snack foods, and beverages. This loan will be Margarita's first loan 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.