A loan of $700 helped to purchase additional inventory for her sari-sari store.


Nonieta's story

Nonieta is a 53-year-old married woman with three adult children. All of her children are degree holders: the eldest child is a nurse, the second eldest is a management accountant, and the youngest graduated with a major in accountancy.

As an active entrepreneur, Nonieta has been running a sari-sari store for almost eight years. ”Sari” is a native word for “variety”. This is a small store that is either attached to the owner’s house or in a small native cottage not far away. Such stores are convenient for people in the village who live far from the marketplace.

To assist in building her business, Nonieta would like to receive a loan of 30,000 PHP to increase the inventory of goods sold in her sari-sari store. She is planning to purchase additional products such as rice, sugar, eggs, cooking oil and other stock for her store. She believes that offering a wide assortment of goods to customers will increase traffic to her store and maintain customer loyalty in her village.

A loyal member since 2002 of Ahon sa Hirap, Inc. (ASHI), a Kiva microfinance partner in the Philippines, Nonieta has been a model member demonstrating regular attendance at weekly center meetings and steady repayments on previous loans. Her longterm goals are to offer a better future for her family and to sustain the profitability of her store.

Through hard work and determination, Nonieta is focused on improving her quality of life with the support of ASHI and Kiva lenders.



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