Asuncion is from the village of Manila Group, Wao, Lanao del Sur. She is 51 years old. Asuncion is separated from her spouse and has 8 adult-aged children. To make a living, Asuncion owns and operates a sari-sari (variety) retail shop. The main source of income for the business comes from buying and selling canned goods, snack foods, beverages, shampoo, soap and biscuits in the local community. Asuncion has been engaged in her business for over 6 years and earns approximately 15,000 PHP a month for these activities.
In 2008, Asuncion joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Asuncion has successfully repaid a previous loan of 17,000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to to purchase additional inventory and increase working capital. Asuncion is requesting a new loan of 20,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase additional canned goods, snack foods and beverages. This loan will be the 6th loan taken out by Asuncion from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/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.