Elenita J. is a 51-year-old married woman who lives in Nabantu-an 1, Escalante City, Negros Occidental. She earns her living by operating an auto repair shop.
Elenita’s husband, Elmer, is also 51. He manages a junk shop business. Together they have 4 children aged between 10 and 23. Three of the children go to school and also help their parents in the business as part of their daily chores. The oldest is currently working.
Elenita joined NWTF-Project Dungganon in 1990 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 operating the auto repair business. Now she earns an average monthly income of Php 10,000 from her business activities.
Elenita is a member of good standing. Her previous loan of Php 17,000 was used to fund operations of her auto repair shop business. It had a positive impact on both the business and the family’s living conditions. Now she is borrowing her 20th loan of Php 17,000, which she intends to use on the junk shop business. Elenita 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.