A loan of $350 helped to purchase new items to sell.

Leonarda's story

Leonarda C. is from the village of Waterfall, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental. She is 49 years old. Leonarda is married and has 3 adult children. To make a living, Leonarda owns and operates a specialized retail store where she sells ready-to-wear items, cellphone accesories, and electronic load in the local community. Leonarda has been engaged in her business for over 4 years and earns approximately 5000 PHP a month from these activities.

In 2008, Leonarda joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Leonarda has successfully repaid a previous loan of 14000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to to purchase additional products to sell. Leonarda is requesting a new loan of 16000 PHP which will be used to purchase new items to expand her product offering. This will be Leonarda's 5th loan from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/expand her business.

About HSPFI:

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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