A loan of $450 helped purchase fishing gear and equipment.


Mary Jean's story

Mary Jean S. is a married woman who lives in Sitio Suol, Barangay Himaya, Hinigaran, Negros Occidental. She earns her living by operating two business ventures: fishing and a fish-vending business. Her husband, Milo S., who is 39 years old, works as a fisherman to earn his living, and also helps in his wife's business activities. They have five children who are 5 to 17 years old.

Mary Jean joined NWTF-Project Dungganon in 2002 because she aspired for something better for her family. With the help of her past 8 loans from NWTF-Project Dungganon, Mary Jean has been incrementally lifting her family out of poverty by the sweat of her brow. Her previous loan of 19,000 PHP helped her increase her monthly profit to about $355, raising the family's standard of living.

This time, for her 9th cycle loan, she is borrowing 19,000 PHP, which she intends to use to do maintenance work on her fishing boat so that she can continue to save up for the future education of her children. Mary Jean S. 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.

Help NWTF continue its mission to help the poorest in the Philippines by clicking the link to the NWTF Kiva lending team on Kiva.org to join our team.



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