A loan of $425 helped to buy more ingredients.

Erlinda's story

Mrs. Erlinda B. of Purok Pasil, Barangay Zone 1, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, is 58 years old and married and with nine children, seven of whom are adults and two are still of school age. Raising nine children is a challenging job, and Erlinda knows that she needs to strive hard in helping her husband earn enough to cover the family expenses and to save for their children's future.

With this clear objective, Erlinda knew that the only way was to have her own business. But she needed capital to start, and this is the reason why she joined NWTF-Project Dungganon in 2002.

After getting her first loan from NWTF-Project Dungganon, she started a food-vending business and a coffee shop adjacent to her house. The tasty meals she offered soon became popular in the community and her business continues to flourish. This nets a profit of PHP 5,000 per month, which has helped a lot in covering the family's daily expenses.

Erlinda just repaid the last installment on her 17th loan of PHP 18,000 and now she is applying to borrow PHP 20,000 to invest back into her business. Thus, she will have revolving capital to buy more ingredients for the food she cooks every day so that she can offer a wider variety to her neighbors.

About NWTF:
In a world full of challenges, Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation, Inc. has answered the call of not just a few, but thousands of women. Through the alleviation program, these women have progressed from earning less than a measly $1 a day, to surpassing realities beyond their dreams. They have learned to live a life where they can finally be called honorable. This is Project Dungganon.

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