Maribel L. is a 35-year-old married woman who supports her family by engaging in dressmaking, pig fattening and a business selling soft drinks. She lives in Barangay Dakit, Bogo City, Cebu, with her 42-year-old husband, Jose L., who works as a salesman, and their two school-aged children who are 9 and 12 years old.
Maribel has been a member of NWTF-Project Dungganon since 2007 and has improved her living conditions with the help of her loans from NWTF and through her own efforts. By working hard in her dressmaking, pig fattening and soft drinks businesses, she is gradually making her family more economically stable. She now earns an average monthly income of Php 6,200.
Maribel is now borrowing Php 18,000 so that she can use it as additional working capital for her businesses. This will be her 5th loan from NWTF-Project Dungganon. Her previous loan of Php 14,500, which she paid off well within its term, was just another step in her journey towards economic freedom.
Maribel aspires to elevate her family’s living conditions and ensure their future wellbeing by following the “Dungganon” way.
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 out of 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.
About Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation
Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation, Inc. (NWTF) is a non-governmental organization established with an aim to help men and women achieve self-sufficiency, particularly in the province of Negros Occidental’s low-income communities. The organization offers its clients a wide variety of products, including loans for micro-entrepreneurs, hospital income benefits, life insurance, accidental death benefits and more. Kiva lenders’ funds will be used to expand the reach of these products to low-income urban and rural communities.