A loan of $200 helped to purchase additional inventory & working capital.

Merlyn's story

Merlyn O. is from the village of Upperville, Nazareth, Cagayan de Oro City. She is 44 years old. Merlyn is married and has five adult children. To make a living, Merlyn owns & operates a business buying and selling of fish as well as dried fish as her another business aside from doing manicure and pedicure in the local community. Merlyn has been engaged in her business for over 10 years and earns approximately 9,000 PHP a month for these activities.

In 2010, Merlyn joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Merlyn has successfully repaid a previous loan of 5,000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to purchase additional dried fish to sell. Merlyn is requesting a new loan of 8,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase additional inventory & working capital. This loan will be the second loan taken out by Merlyn from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/expand the borrower's 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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