A loan of $275 helped additional working capital.

Melanie's story

Melanie is from Punta Aplaya, Bago City Negros Occidental. She is 41 years old and married to Rodrigo B.. They have seven school-age children. Her husband is a tricycle transportation driver. Since she joined with Project Dungganon, Melanie's perseverance and eagerness to improve her family's life has turned out in a positive way. She always dreamed of so many good things for her children, and she wants the best for them. Her husband Rodrigo has never failed to help their businesses. They keep on supporting each other in terms of how they will raise their children properly and how to handle their businesses to expand it. Sometimes it's hard, but they keep their faith and trust everything to God.

Melanie used to be a vendor when she was younger. Her parents taught her to become independent to be able to survive. She sells fish and shrimp in the market, where she has many regular and loyal customers who buy her products. She is saving money for the education of her children and for future emergencies. She's hoping that all her children will be able to finish college and get a stable job, or be established in a gainful livelihood, because she does not want them to have no skills with which to support their own families in the future.

About NWTF:
In a world full of challenges, Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation (NWTF), is making a difference in the lives of thousands of women through Project Dungganon (a Hiligaynon word that means Honorable). Through the alleviation program, NWTF is empowering these women to progress out of earning less than $1 a day to achieving realities that surpass even their dreams. They have taken a life path that will ultimately make them Dungganon - a title of esteem that is bestowed to a member of a community who has earned the respect through a lifetime of hard and honest work.

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