A loan of $175 helped to expand the business.


Isabelita's story

Isabelita S. is from the village of Extension, Wao, Lanao del Sur. She is 50 years old. Isabelita is married and has four school-aged children. To make a living, Isabelita owns and operates a food stall selling specialty food products in the local community. Isabelita has been engaged in her business for over five years and earns approximately 30,000 PHP a month.

In 2009, Isabelita joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Isabelita has successfully repaid a previous loan of 5,000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to purchase additional raw materials, ingredients and working capital. Isabelita is requesting a new loan of 8,000 PHP which will be used to invest in expanding the business. This loan will be Isabelita's second from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to supplement the income of her family.

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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