A loan of $350 helped to purchase additional inventory and increase working capital.


Helen's story

Helen V. is from the village of Tinabalan, Gingoog City. She is 42 years old. Helen is married and has 3 school-aged children. To make a living, Helen owns and operates a business venture in the retail sector running a sari-sari (variety) shop. The main source of income for the business comes from selling daily use products such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste, detergents, sugar, snack foods and canned goods in the local community. Helen has been engaged in her business for over 5 years and earns approximately 10000 PHP a month for these activities.

In 2009, Helen joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Helen has successfully repaid a previous loan of 11000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to purchase additional products to sell. Helen is requesting a new loan of 14000 PHP that will be used to purchase additional inventory and increase working capital. This loan will be the 4th loan taken out by Helen from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve and expand her business.

About HSPFI:

HSPFI is one of accredited partners of Opportunity International in the Philippines. It is based in Cagayan de Oro City and is reaching out to the poor households of Northern Mindanao.

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Loan details

Loan length:

11 months
Disbursed date: November 3, 2010
Facilitated by Field Partner: Hagdan Sa Pag-uswag Foundation, Inc. (HSPFI)

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Loan details

Loan length:

11 months
Disbursed date: November 3, 2010
Facilitated by Field Partner: Hagdan Sa Pag-uswag Foundation, Inc. (HSPFI)