A loan of $525 helped to buy inventory for her small variety store.


Evelyn's story

Evelyn D. lives in the municipality of Hamtic in beautiful Antique Province. Hamtic is situated to the south of Antique, and is bounded by mountains in one direction and the coast in the other. Evelyn is 38 years old and has two sons and two daughters. Her eldest child, a daughter, is 14 and attends high school; the other three children are still in primary school. Evelyn's husband Alexius is a driver.


Evelyn plans to use the money from this loan to buy inventory for her sari-sari store. "Sari-sari" is Tagalog for "various kinds" and the shops sell just that: an assortment of basic foodstuffs, beverages, and everyday commodities. The shops retail items in small units -- selling single cigarettes, for example. Sari-sari shops fill an important economic and social niche in Filipino life, especially in poor or rural areas; they often have chairs or a bench out front and act as neighborhood watering holes.


Evelyn dreams that one day perhaps she'll be able to grow her sari-sari store into a mini-mart. She hopes that her business will continue to provide her with the income necessary to support her children's education.



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