A loan of $350 helped to purchase additional inventory and as working capital.

Marilyn's story

Marilyn M. is from the village of Diaz, Banisilan, Cotabato. She is 32 years old. Marilyn is married and has two school-aged children. To make a living, Marilyn runs a sari-sari (variety) retail shop. The main source of income for her business comes from selling both food and daily-use products in the local community. Marilyn has been engaged in her business for over five years and earns approximately 5,500 Philippines pesos (PHP) a month from it.

In 2008, Marilyn joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Marilyn has successfully repaid a previous loan of 15,000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to purchase additional products to sell.

Marilyn is requesting a new loan of 15,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase additional inventory and as working capital. This will be the seventh loan taken out by Marilyn from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/expand it.

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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