Vergie P. is a 46-year old married woman who lives in Brgy Mahilum, Calatrava, Negros Occidental. She earns her living by making native handicrafts such as bags, wallets, baskets, etc. from pandan and by fishing.
Vergie’s husband Jose, who is 47 years old, is a fisherman and sometimes helps her run the business. They have 2 children who are 16 and 18 years old. The older one helps her parents in business and the younger one is currently going to school.
Vergie joined NWTF-Project Dungganon in 2002 in the hope that she would be able to help her husband improve the quality of life of their family. With the help of her loans from NWTF-PD she has been able to increase their family income by making native products made from pandan leaves and from fishing. Now she earns an average monthly income of Php 8,000 from her business activities.
Vergie is a member of good standing. Her previous loan of Php 9,500 was used to fund operations of her native products and fishing, and it had a positive impact in both the business and the family’s living conditions. Now she is borrowing for her 12th loan, the amount of Php 10,500, which she intends to use to sustain the operations of her handicrafts production and also help fund the fishing operations of her husband. Vergie is working hard to achieve her dreams and aspirations for her family, which is to provide them with a brighter future and a more comfortable life.
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.
About Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation
Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation, Inc. (NWTF) is a non-governmental organization established with an aim to help men and women achieve self-sufficiency, particularly in the province of Negros Occidental’s low-income communities. The organization offers its clients a wide variety of products, including loans for micro-entrepreneurs, hospital income benefits, life insurance, accidental death benefits and more. Kiva lenders’ funds will be used to expand the reach of these products to low-income urban and rural communities.