A loan of $575 helped purchase more raw materials to make candles.


Marissa's story

Marissa A. is a 50-year-old widow who supports her family by operating a candle-making business. She lives in Brgy. Ticad, Bantayan, Cebu. She has been a member of NWTF-Project Dungganon since 2002 and has improved her living conditions with the help of her loans from NWTF and through her own efforts. By working hard in her candle-making business, she is gradually making her family more economically stable. She now earns an average monthly income of 5,000 Philippines pesos (PHP).

Marissa is now borrowing PHP 25,000 so that she can purchase more stock to sell. This will be her 20th loan from NWTF-Project Dungganon. Her previous loan of PHP 25,000, which she paid off well within its term, was just another step in her journey toward economic freedom.

Marissa aspires to elevate her family's living conditions and ensure their future well-being by following the Dungganon (a Hiligaynon word that means honorable) way.

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. 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.

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