A loan of $200 helped to purchase additional fish to sell such as sardines & salmon.

Leah's story

Leah C. is from the village of Bonbon, Opol, Misamis Oriental. She is 43 years old. Leah is married and has eight school-aged children. To make a living, Leah owns & operates a specialized retail store. While not the only means for generating revenue, the main source of income for the business comes from buying and selling seafood products including fish such as sardines & salmon in the local community. Leah has been engaged in her business for over 3 years and earns approximately 10,000 PHP a month for these activities.

In 2010, Leah joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Leah has successfully repaid a previous loan of 5000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to to purchase additional inventory and as working capital. Leah is requesting a new loan of 8000 PHP which will be used to purchase additional fish to sell such as sardines & salmon. This will be the 2nd loan taken out by Leah from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/expand her business.

About HSPFI:

HSPFI is an accredited partner of Opportunity International in the Philippines. It is based in Cagayan de Oro City and reaches out to the poor households of Northern Mindanao.

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