A loan of $200 helped to invest in expanding the business.

Buena's story

Buena O. is from the village of Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City. She is 52 years old. Buena is married and has 5 children. To make a living, Buena owns & operates a business venture making & selling food. The main source of income for the business comes from selling specialty food products in the local community. Buena has been engaged in her business for over 5 years and earns approximately 5,000 PHP a month for these activities.

In 2009, Buena joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Buena has successfully repaid a previous loan of 5,000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used as additional working capital. Buena is requesting a new loan of 8,000 PHP which will be used to invest in expanding the business. This will be the 2nd loan taken out by Buena from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to support the education of her children.

About HSPFI:

HSPFI is an accredited partner of Opportunity International in the Philippines. It is based in Cagayan de Oro City and reaches out to the poor households of Northern Mindanao.

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