A loan of $250 helped to purchase additional products like bananas for sale.

Ermilinda's story

Ermilinda F. is from the village of Salay, Misamis Oriental. She is 53 years old. Ermilinda is widowed and has 6 infant-aged children. To make a living, Ermilinda owns and operates a business venture in the retail sector running a sari-sari (variety) retail shop. While not the only means for generating revenue, the main source of income for the business comes primarily from buying and selling canned goods, junk foods, shampoo, soap and banana in the local community. Ermilinda has been engaged in her business for over 3 years and earns approximately 5000 PHP a month for these activities.

In 2009, Ermilinda joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Ermilinda has successfully repaid a previous loan of 10000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to to purchase additional inventory and working capital. Ermilinda is requesting a new loan of 10000 PHP which will be used to purchase additional products like bananas. This loan will be the 5th loan taken out by Ermilinda from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/expand the borrower's business.

About HSPFI:

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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