A loan of $450 helped to buy more fish for resale.

Melba's story

Melba B. is a married woman who lives in Negros Occidental. She earns her living by operating two business ventures, a fishing and a butchery business. Her husband Carlos is 49 years old. He earns his living working as a driver and also helps in his wife's business activities. They have six children aged 14 to 25.

Melba joined NWTF-Project Dungganon in 1998 because she aspired for something better for her family. With the help of her past 18 loans from NWTF-Project Dungganon, Melba has been incrementally lifting her family out of poverty by the sweat of her brow. Her previous loan of PHP 19,000 helped her earn a monthly profit of PHP 5,000, thus raising the family's standard of living. This time, for her 19th loan, she is borrowing PHP 19,500 which she intends to use to buy more fish to sell so that she can continue to save up for the future and education of her children. Melba B. 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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