A loan of $425 helped to purchase raw materials.

Medarda's story

Medarda H. lives in Nangka, Das Village, Toledo City, Cebu. She is married and has eight children, four of whom attend school and three of whom are presently working. She earns her living by operating two business ventures: furniture making and ready-to-wear clothes businesses. Her husband, Rolando H., who is 50 years old, works in the furniture business to earn his living. He also helps in his wife's business activities. Medarda joined NWTF-Project Dungganon in 2003 because she aspired for something better for her family. With the help of her past 10 loans from NWTF-Project Dungganon, Medarda 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 30,000 PHP, thus uplifting the family's standard of living. For her 11th loan, she is borrowing 20,000 PHP, which she intends to use to buy lumber for her furniture business so that she could continue to save up for the future and for her children's education. Medarda is a Dungganon woman who is following an honorable path towards 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 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 clicking the link to the NWTF Kiva lending team on Kiva.org to join our team.

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