A loan of $150 helped to invest in expanding her business.

Gina's story

Gina A. is from the village of Tagoloan, Iligan City. She is 31 years old. Gina is married and has three school-aged children. To make a living, Gina ownsand operates a specialized retail store. While not the only means for generating revenue, the main source of income for the business comes primarily from selling ready-to-wear products in the local community. Gina has been engaged in her business for more than three years and earns approximately 5,000 PHP a month for these activities.

In 2009, Gina joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Gina has successfully repaid a previous loan of 5,000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to to purchase additional products to sell. Gina is requesting a new loan of 7,000 PHP, which will be used to invest in expanding the business. This loan will be the second loan taken out by Gina from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/expand her business.

About HSPFI:

HSPFI is one of the accredited partners of Opportunity International in the Philippines. It is based in Cagayan de Oro City and reaches out to the poor households of Northern Mindanao.

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