A loan of $275 helped to invest in expanding her business.


Merlinda's story

Merlinda A. is from the village of Taglimao, Cagayan de Oro City. She is 54 years old, is married, and has eight adult children.

Merlinda owns and operates a specialized retail store selling ready to wear items like shirts , shoes, and pants in the local community. She has been engaged in her business for over a year and earns approximately 10,000 PHP a month.

In 2008, Merlinda joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and her ability to engage in business activities. She has successfully repaid a previous loan of 10,000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to to purchase additional products to sell.

Merlinda is requesting a new loan of 12,000 PHP which will be used to invest in expanding her business. This loan will be her 4th from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve and 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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