A loan of $325 helped to purchase additional inventory and to increase working capital.


Mary Saint's story

Mary Saint G. is from the village of Pagalungan, Wao, Lanao del Sur. She is 27 years old, married and has 2 school-aged children. Mary Saint owns and operates a specialized retail store, buying and selling ready-to-wear clothing, shoes and bags in the local community. Mary Saint has been engaged in her business for over 3 years and earns approximately 8,000 PHP a month from it.

In 2009, Mary Saint joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Mary Saint has successfully repaid a previous loan of 11,000 PHP from HSPFI, which was used to to purchase additional products to sell. Mary Saint is requesting a new loan of 14,000 PHP which will be used to purchase additional inventory and to increase working capital. This will be the 4th loan taken out by Mary Saint 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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