Ma. Elena B. is a 37 year-old a married woman who supports her family by engaging in a fish vending business. She lives in Canlinday Barangay, Culipapa Hinobaan, Negros Occidental, and has 3 school-aged children between 16 and 20 years old.
She has been a member of NWTF-Project Dungganon since 2007 and has improved her living conditions with the help of her loans from NWTF and through her own efforts. By working hard in her fish vending business, she is gradually making her family more economically stable. She now earns an average monthly income of PHP 16,000.
Ma. Elena is now borrowing PHP 25,000 so that she can access additional capital for her fish vending business. This will be her 7th cycle loan from NWTF-Project Dungganon. Her previous loan of PHP 22,000, which she paid off well within its term, was just another step in her journey toward economic freedom. Ma. Elena aspires to elevate her family’s living conditions and to ensure their future well being by following the “Dungganon” way.
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.