A loan of $625 helped to purchase additional inventory and use as working capital.

Emelinda's story

Emelinda G. lives in the village of Tabao 13, San Enrique, Negros Occidental. Her one big dream is to improve her family's standard of living, to have enough capital to expand her business, and to prepare her four children for a better future. Her dream started to become a reality when she became a member of NWTF-Project Dungganon.

Emelinda is 52 years old and is married to Artimio G., who helps her manage their business. They have four children, aged 22 to 29 years old. Two of their children already have their own families and the other two still live at home -- one works as a seaman and other is a student.

Emelinda and Artimio started out selling pork to retail customers. They bought pigs and had them butchered, and then her husband delivered the pork meat to various meat shops on consignment. This earns them a good living, but they are always on the lookout for other business opportunities, so in 2000 she joined NWTF-Project Dungganon and opened a new business selling spare parts and electronic gadgets.

They continued with their pork retail business, earning a combined monthly income of 10,000 Philippine pesos (PHP). They use their income to support their household expenses and pay for school tuition, and they have some left over for savings. Emelinda had a previous loan of 29,500 PHP, which she used for both her spare parts and her pork retail business. She repaid this loan in full within its loan term and without any delays. She is now borrowing for her 23rd cycle the same amount of 29,500 PHP. She will use this loan as additional working capital and to purchase additional spare parts inventory.

In the accompanying picture, Emelinda is shown in her spare parts and electronics business with her husband in the background.

About NWTF:
In a world full of challenges, Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation, Inc. has answered the calling of not just of 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. This is Project Dungganon.

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