A loan of $300 helped to purchase new items to expand product offering.

Evangeline's story

Evangeline P. is from the village of Zone 4, Tumpagon, Cagayan de Oro City. She is 29 years old, married and has three school-aged children. To make a living, Evangeline owns and operates a business venture in the retail sector running a sari-sari (variety) retail store. The main source of income for the business comes from selling a variety of products in the local community. Evangeline has been engaged in her business for over five years and earns approximately 7,000 PHP a month from these activities.

In 2008, Evangeline joined Kiva partner HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Evangeline has successfully repaid a previous loan of 11,000 PHP from HSPFI. She is requesting a new loan of 14,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase new items to expand her product offering. This loan will be her fourth from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to supplement her family's income.


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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