A loan of $150 helped to invest in expanding the business.


Elisa's story

Elisa S. is from the village of Tumpagon, Cagayan de Oro City. She is 64 years old. Elisa is married and has two adult children. To make a living, Elisa owns & operates a sari-sari (variety) retail shop selling both food & daily use products in the local community. Elisa has been engaged in her business for over two years and earns approximately 3,000 PHP a month for these activities.

In 2009, Elisa joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Elisa has successfully repaid a previous loan of 5,000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to invest in expanding the business. Elisa is requesting a new loan of 6,000 PHP, which will be used to invest in expanding the business. This loan will be the second loan taken out by Elisa from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/expand her business.

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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