A loan of $425 helped for additional working capital for her sari-sari.

Ninda's story

If you have survived hardship in your life, you would never want your loved ones to experience the same difficulties if it were within your power to save them from such an experience. At 61 years old, Ninda E. lives in Purok Paraiso, a neighborhood of Barangay Taloc in Bago City, located in Negros Occidental Province on the Western Visayas islands. She and her husband, Antonio, are still working hard to improve the quality of their family’s life.

Antonio works as a rice farm laborer. This was his source of income when he and Ninda were married and started their family. Back then with four young children, they found themselves in dire straits living well below the poverty line, sometimes having no food to feed their children. It was then that Ninda became determined to raise her children's quality of life by earning her own income to help her husband support their family.

In 2000, she decided to try her luck and applied to join NWTF Project Dungganon so that she could get good business advice and guidance if she were accepted as a member. She passed all the necessary requirements, and with her first loan she built a sari-sari (general store) adjacent to their house. Once she had saved up enough, she widened the variety of goods she sold in her store. With the help of her income from her general store, Ninda's children were able to go to school and finish their college education. Presently NInda earns a minimum monthly income of 3,750 PHP.

Now Ninda is requesting a loan of 19,500 PHP to purchase additional products to sell in her general store. Her previous loan, also 19,500 PHP, was fully utilized as additional working capital for her general store. She paid her installments every week and fully paid off the loan within its term.

About NWTF:

In a world full of challenges, Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation (NWTF), is making a difference in 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 its alleviation program, these women have progressed from earning less than a dollar a day to achieving realities beyond their dreams. They are on a life path that will ultimately make them Dungganon—a title of esteem that is bestowed upon a member of a community who has earned respect through a lifetime of hard and honest work.

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