A loan of $350 helped additional working capital.

Marites's story

Marites E. is a 38-year old married woman who lives in Barangay Culipapa Hinobaan, Negros Occidental. She earns her living by fishing and fish vending.

Marites’s husband, Vito, is a fisherman, and they have 6 children who are between 3 mos and 20 years old. 5 of her children are currently going to school and also help their parents in the business as part of their daily chores.

Marites joined NWTF-Project Dungganon in 2002 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 fishing and fish vending. Now she earns an average monthly income of PHP 10,000 from her business activities.

Marites is a member of good standing. Her previous loan of PHP 15,000 was used to fund operations of her fish vending and fishing businesses, and it had a positive impact on both the business and the family’s living conditions. Now she is borrowing, for her 16th cycle loan, the amount of PHP 15,000, which she intends to use on her business activities. Marites is working hard to achieve her dreams and aspirations for her family, which is to provide them with a brighter future and a more comfortable life.

About NWTF:
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.

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