Vilma A. is from the village of Tumbao, Banisilan, South Cotabato. She is 53 years old, married and has 3 school-aged children. To make a living, Vilma owns & operates a sari-sari (variety) retail shop. The main source of income for the business comes from buying and selling daily use products such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste, canned goods & junk foods in the local community. Vilma has been engaged in her business for over 5 years and earns approximately 8000 PHP a month for these activities.
In 2010, Vilma joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Vilma has successfully repaid a previous loan of 5000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to to purchase additional inventory & working capital. Vilma is requesting a new loan of 7000 PHP which will be used to purchase additional products like beverages & instant noodles. This loan will be Vilma's 2nd loan from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/expand her business.
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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About Hagdan Sa Pag-uswag Foundation, Inc.
Hagdan Sa Pag-uswag Foundation, Inc. (HSPFI) is a non-governmental development organization founded in 1987 to promote Christian values through microfinance services in the Philippines. It partners with Opportunity International and the Mindanao Microfinance Council among others, and offers a range of business and community development services, including savings and insurance programs in addition to lending.