A loan of $125 helped to purchase additional products to sell.

Mary Grace's story

Mary Grace G. is from the village of Batangan, Valencia City. She is 38 years old, married and has two school-aged children. To make a living, Mary Grace owns and operates a business venture in the retail sector running a sari-sari (variety) retail shop. The main source of income for the business comes from selling both food and daily use products in the local community. Mary Grace has been engaged in her business for over five years and earns approximately 5,000 PHP a month from these activities.

In 2009, Mary Grace joined Kiva partner HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Mary Grace is requesting a new loan of 5,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase additional products to sell. This loan will be her first from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated to improve and expand her business.


HSPFI is one of the 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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