A loan of $400 helped to invest in expanding the business.

Helenita's story

Helenita E. is from the village of Carmen, Cagayan de oro City. She is 40 years old. Helenita is widowed and has one adult child. To make a living, Helenita runs a sari-sari (variety) retail shop. The main source of income for the business comes from selling both food and daily-use products in the local community. Helenita has been engaged in her business for over 20 years and earns approximately 10,000 Philippine pesos a month for these activities.

In 2008, Helenita joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Helenita has successfully repaid a previous loan of 15,000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to purchase additional products to sell. Helenita is requesting a new loan of 18,000 PHP, which will be used to invest in expanding the business. This will be the fifth loan taken out by Helenita 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 is reaching out to the poor households of Northern Mindanao.

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