Hope S. is a 58-year-old married woman who lives in Prk Mangga, Brgy Tabugon, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. She earns her living through her general store and livestock business. Hope’s husband, Noe, is 59 years old and works as a farmer. They have 14 children aged between 19 – 42 years old with some of them having their own family while others work to help their parents.
Hope joined NWTF-Project Dungganon in 2000 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 engaging in the general store and livestock businesses. Now she earns an average monthly income of Php 12,000 from her business activities.
Hope is a member in good standing. Her previous loan of Php 29,500 was used to fund operations of her general store and had a positive impact in both the business and the family’s living conditions. Now she is borrowing, for her 18th loan, the amount of Php 29,500, which she intends to use on her general store and livestock businesses. Hope is working hard to achieve her dreams and aspirations for her family--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.