A loan of $325 helped purchasing fresh meat and vegetables for mini-restaurant.

Melly's story

Melly F. is a married woman who lives in Prk. 2, Brgy. Inayaun, Cauayan , Negros Occidental. She earns her living by operating 2 business ventures: a carinderia (mini-restaurant) and a general store.

Her husband Napoleon, who is 62 years old, works as a carpenter to earn his living and also helps in his wife's business activities. They have six children who range in age from 19 to 38 years old.

Melly joined NWTF-Project Dungganon in 1992 because she aspired for something better for her family. With the help of her past 16 loans from NWTF-Project Dungganon, Melly has been incrementally lifting her family out of poverty by the sweat of her brow. Her previous loan of 15,000 Philippine pesos (PHP) helped her earn a monthly profit of 7,000 PHP, thus bettering the family's standard of living.

This time, for her 17th loan cycle, she is borrowing 15,000 PHP, which she intends to use to purchase fresh meat and vegetable for her fast-food eatery so that she can continue to save up for the future and for her youngest child's schooling. Melly F. is a Dungganon woman who is following an honorable path towards the achievement of her dreams.

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 from 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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