A loan of $150 helped to invest in expanding the business.

Lourdes's story

Lourdes C. is from the village of Catarman, Camiguin Province. She is 31 years old. Lourdes is married and has four school-aged children. To make a living, Lourdes owns & operates a sari-sari (variety) retail shop selling both food & daily use products in the local community. Lourdes is just starting this business. Lourdes was engaged in buying and selling coconut in her previous business. This time she has a sari-sari store business.

In 2009, Lourdes joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Lourdes has successfully repaid a previous loan of 5,000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to purchase additional products to sell. Lourdes is requesting a new loan of 6,000 PHP, which will be used to invest in expanding the business. This loan will be the second loan taken out by Lourdes 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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