A loan of $375 helped to buy bamboo, bamboo strips, nails, etc. for the growth of her business.

Jocelyn's story

At her young age, she is blissfully married to Leo M., 26 years old, and makes sets of furniture from bamboo. They are happily living on the Island of Talim, Binangonan Rizal. She is blessed with her two children, Adrian and Francis May.

She is a poor woman, and because she wanted to rise from poverty, she encouraged herself to join ASHI, an MFI and Kiva field partner, to access capital to start up a business. She received the amount of 5,000 PHP for her first loan, and she was able to utilize it in her business, the making of bamboo sets (furniture). The business still exists.

On her fourth loan she is asking for 17,000 PHP for the same business. She will purchase bamboo, rolls of bamboo strips, nails and other equipment for making furniture. She also plans to expand her business to get involved in double-deck making (bunk beds) for more income.

She wants to have savings for their future needs, especially because she hopes to send her children to school until they finish college. She dreams that her children will be professionals in order for them to live a happy and contented life.

That is the story of a simple, baby-faced and courageous mother, only 23 years old, Jocelyn M..

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