A loan of $175 helped to purchase additional bananas & rice to sell.

Josephine's story

Josephine L. is from the village of Ricoro, Gingoog City. She is 26 years old. Josephine is married and has seven school-aged children. To make a living, Josephine owns & operates a business buying and selling bananas & rice per kilogram in the local community. Josephine has been engaged in her business for over five years and earns approximately 8,500 PHP a month for these activities.

In 2010, Josephine joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Josephine has successfully repaid a previous loan of 5,000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to purchase additional inventory & working capital. Josephine is requesting a new loan of 7,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase additional bananas & rice to sell. This loan will be the second loan taken out by Josephine from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/expand her business.

About HSPFI:

HSPFI is one of the 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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