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

Norma's story

Norma N. is from the village of Guinsiliban, Camiguin Province. She is 46 years old. Norma is married and has five adult children. To make a living, Norma runs a sari-sari (variety) retail shop. The main source of income for the business comes from selling both food and daily-use products. She also sells dried fish and some kinds of fruits. Norma has been engaged in her business for over three years and earns approximately 5,000 Philippine pesos a month for these activities.

In 2009, Norma joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Norma has successfully repaid a previous loan of 11,000 PHP from HSPFI, a Kiva partner. This previous loan was used to purchase additional products to sell. Norma is requesting a new loan of 12,000 PHP, which will be used to invest in expanding the business. This will be the fourth loan taken out by Norma from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/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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