A loan of $125 helped to purchase additional products to sell.

Mericon's story

Mericon S. is from the village of Manila Group, Wao, Lanao del Sur. She is 31 years old, married and has two infant-aged children. To make a living, Mericon owns and operates a sari-sari (variety) retail shop selling both food and daily use products, and also buys and sells vegetables in the local community. Mericon has been engaged in her business for over six years and earns approximately 4,500 PHP per month from these activities.

In 2010, Mericon joined Kiva partner, HSPFI, to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Mericon is requesting a loan of 5,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase additional products to sell. This loan will be her first from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve and expand her business.


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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