A loan of $450 helped additional capital to sustain her seaweed business.

Arlen's story

Arlen C. is a 36-year-old married woman who supports her family by operating two business ventures: seaweed (guso) farming and food vending. She lives in Pulo, Brgy Cervantes, Escalante City, Negros Occidental. She cultures Eucheuma seaweed (guso) along the coast line and sells it as raw material for carrageenan, a very in-demand binder used in food products. Because seaweed farming does not involve constant work, Arlen can earn additional income by selling cooked food, doubling her earning capacity.

She has been a member of NWTF-Project Dungganon since 1996 and has improved her living conditions with the help of her loans from NWTF and through her own efforts. By working hard in her seaweed (guso) farming and food vending businesses, she is gradually making her family more economically stable. She now earns an average monthly income of 15,000.

Arlen is now borrowing PHP 19,000 to purchase seaweed materials and use as additional capital for food vending. This will be her 8eighth loan from NWTF-Project Dungganon. Her previous loan of PHP 19,000, which she paid off well within its term, was just another step in her journey toward economic freedom. Arlen aspires to elevate her family's living conditions and ensure their future wellbeing by following the Dungganon way.

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. Help NWTF continue its mission to help the poorest in the Philippines by joining the NWTF Kiva lending team at Kiva.org.

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