A loan of $275 helped to purchase more stock to sell.


Meliza's story

Meliza B. is a married woman who lives in Proper Budlasan, Canlaon City, Negros Oriental. She earns her living by operating three business ventures: a general store, motorcycle transport and videoke singing. Her husband Pasto B. Jr., who is 40 years old, works as a farmer to earn his living. They have five children who are 13 to 21 years old. Meliza joined NWTF-Project Dungganon in 2008 because she aspired for something better for her family. With the help of her past five loans from NWTF-Project Dungganon, Meliza has been incrementally lifting her family out of poverty by the sweat of her brow. Her previous loan of PHP 9,500 helped her earn a monthly profit of PHP 4,000, improving the family's standard of living. This time, for her sixth loan, she is borrowing PHP 11,000, which she intends to use to buy stocks of goods for her general store so that she can continue to save for the future expansion of her business and the education of her children. Meliza B. 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 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 on Kiva.org.



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