A loan of $300 helped to purchase additional inventory and as working capital.


Sarah's story

Sarah C. is from the village of Regency, Iponan, Cagayan de Oro City. She is 34 years old. Sarah is married and has 1 very young child. To make a living, Sarah owns & operates a specialized retail store. While not the only means for generating revenue, the main source of income for the business comes from selling personal products such as lotions and perfumes in the local community. Sarah has been engaged in her business for over 2 years and earns approximately 7500 PHP a month for these activities.

In 2010, Sarah joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Sarah has successfully repaid a previous loan of 10,000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to to purchase additional products to sell. Sarah is requesting a new loan of 13,000 PHP which will be used to purchase additional inventory and as working capital. This will be the 3rd loan taken out by Sarah from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/expand her business.

About HSPFI:

HSPFI is an accredited partner of Opportunity International in the Philippines. It is based in Cagayan de Oro City and reaches out to the poor households of Northern Mindanao.

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