Total loan: $325


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La Castellana, Negros Occidental, Western Visayas, Philippines / Food

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Corazon's story

Corazon O. is 59 years old and lives in La Castellana, Negros Occidental. She is a widow and has been caring for her two children since 1985. She makes her living by selling soft drinks and frozen foods in the local markets. She is also a rice retailer - buying and selling sacks of rice. With her food business, she gets contracts from Iloilo in the province of Panay to the north of Negros Occidental. Before joining Project Dungganon in 2002, Corazon sold products door-to-door, including ready-to-wear (used) clothing and Avon beauty products. With her loan from Project Dungganon, she was able to expand her frozen foods business and eventually move into the rice dealing business. Her current loan of 15,000 pesos will be beneficial in making investments in her business. Corazon has a son and a daughter who have both graduated from college and are off on their own. She is incredibly proud of their achievements since they both chose to become public servants. Her daughter is a teacher in the national high school and her son is a policeman. Corazon has a 3-month-old grandson with her son. Eventually, Corazon plans to move out from her present house and settle down in one of the nicer subdivisions. She has already bought a plot of land but cannot afford to build a home yet. She needs Php 100,000 – about $2,500 – to build a house. One day she will get that home while still being a member of Project Dungganon. Corazon is a member of good standing. She is working hard to achieve her dreams and aspirations for her family which is to provide them with a brighter future and a more comfortable life. About NWTF: In a world full of challenges, Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation (NWTF), is making a difference in the lives of thousands of women through Project Dungganon (a Hiligaynon word that means Honorable). Through the alleviation program, NWTF is empowering these women to progress out of earning less than $1 a day to achieving realities that surpass even their dreams. They have taken a life path that will ultimately make them Dungganon - a title of esteem that is bestowed to a member of a community who has earned the respect through a lifetime of hard and honest work.