A loan of $225 helped to invest in expanding his business.

Gerson's story

Gerson S. is from the village of Camiguin Province. He is 22 years old. Gerson is married and has one infant-aged child. To make a living, Gerson owns and operates a business venture in the services sector operating a service-based business. While not the only means for generating revenue, the main source of income for the business comes primarily from providing motorcycle services used to transport local community members. Gerson has been engaged in his business for over 3 years and earns approximately PHP 5,000 a month for these activities.

In 2009, Gerson joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve his living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Gerson has successfully repaid a previous loan of PHP 7,000 from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to to repair a transport vehicle used in the business. Gerson is requesting a new loan of PHP 10,000, which will be used to invest in expanding the business. This loan will be the 3rd loan taken out by Gerson from HSPFI. He plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/expand the borrower's business.

About HSPFI:

HSPFI is one of 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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