A loan of $425 helped to buy more pigs to raise and sell and more fried bananas to sell.

Ma. Helen's story

Ma. Helen F. is a married woman who lives in Prk. Orchids, Brgy. Cubay Masville, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental. She earns her living by operating two business ventures. She runs a pig fattening business and she also buys and sells sweetened fried bananas. Her husband, Leonardo, who is 56 years old, works as a carpenter to earn his living and also helps in his wife's business activities. They have ten children between the ages of 7 and 28.

Ma. Helen joined NWTF-Project Dungganon in 1997 because she aspired for something better for her family. With the help of her past 10 loans from NWTF-Project Dungganon, she has been incrementally lifting her family out of poverty by the sweat of her brow. Her previous loan of 18,000 PHP helped her earn a monthly profit of about $212, thus raising the family's standard of living.

This time, for her 11th cycle loan, she is borrowing 18,000 PHP, which she intends to use to buy more pigs for future savings and stock for their fried banana business so that she can continue to save up for the future education of her children and uplift their living conditions. Ma. Helen F. is a Dungganon woman who is following an honorable path toward 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 respect through a lifetime of hard and honest work.

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