A loan of $375 helped to invest in expanding the business.

Maritess's story

Maritess A. is from the village of Agusan Canyon, Manolo Fortich Bukidnon. She is 35 years old. Maritess is married and has two school-aged children. To make a living, she owns and operates a sari-sari (variety) retail shop, selling both food and daily use products in the local community. She has been engaged in her business for over three years and earns approximately $220 a month from these activities.

In 2008, Maritess joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation by engaging in business activities. She has successfully repaid a previous loan of 14,000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to purchase additional products to sell. Maritess is requesting a new loan of 17,000 PHP which will be used to invest in expanding the business. This will be her 5th loan from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated to improve her 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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