A loan of $575 helped to purchase additional equipment and tools.

Purisima's story

Purisima is a married woman who lives in Toledo City, Cebu. She earns her living by operating two business ventures: a car wash/repairs and a general store businesses. Her husband Tadeo, who is 40 years old, works as a construction worker to earn his living and helps in his wife's business activities. They have five children who are between 3 and 15 years old. Purisima joined NWTF-Project Dungganon in 2002 because she aspired for something better for her family. With the help of her past 17 loans from NWTF-Project Dungganon, Purisima has been incrementally lifting her family out of poverty by the sweat of her brow. Her previous loan of PHP 20,000 helped her earn a monthly profit of PHP 15,000, uplifting the family's standard of living. This time, for her 18th loan, she is borrowing PHP 25,000 to buy equipment and tools to provide better service to her customers so that she can continue to save up for the future education of her children. Purisima is a Dungganon woman who is following an honorable path toward the achievement of her dreams.

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 (a Hiligaynon word that means Honorable). 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 upon a member of a community who has earned the respect through a lifetime of hard and honest work. Help NWTF continue its mission to help the poorest in the Philippines by joining the NWTF Kiva lending team at http://www.kiva.org

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