A loan of $400 helped to invest in expanding the business.

Marcelinda's story

Marcelinda T. is from the village of Talon, Gingoog City. She is 60 years old. Marcelinda is married and has 4 adult children. To make a living, Marcelinda owns & operates a sari-sari (variety) retail shop. The main source of income for the business comes from selling both food & daily use products in the local community. Marcelinda has been engaged in her business for over 3 years and earns approximately 5000 PHP a month for these activities.

In 2007, Marcelinda joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Marcelinda has successfully repaid a previous loan of 15,000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to to purchase additional products to sell. Marcelinda is requesting a new loan of 18,000 PHP which will be used to invest in expanding the business. This will be the 11th loan taken out by Marcelinda from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/expand her business.

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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