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Buna B. is from the village of Cabalantian, Manticao, Misamis Oriental. She is 44 years old, married and has 5 adult-aged children. Buna owns and operates a specialized retail store, selling wood and coconut charcoal in the local community. Buna has been engaged in her business for over 5 years and earns approximately 7,000 PHP a month from it.

In 2009, Buna joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Buna has successfully repaid a previous loan of 5,000 PHP from HSPFI, which was used to to purchase additional inventory and to increase working capital. Buna is requesting a new loan of 5,000 PHP which will be used to purchase additional wood and coconut for charcoal. This will be the 2nd loan taken out by Buna 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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Additional Information

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.

About Philippines

  • $7,000
    Average annual income
  • 370
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $70,805,925
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 43.8
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $125 helped Buna to purchase additional wood and coconut for charcoal.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 11, 2011
Feb 15, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 15, 2011