A loan of $125 helped to purchase additional products like canned goods and junk foods for sale in her general store.


Marites's story

Marites A. is from the village of Waterfall, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental. She is 49 years old. Marites is married and has five adult-aged children. To make a living, Marites 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, biscuits, shampoo, soap and candies in the local community. She is also making and selling snacks like rice and cheese cup cakes. Marites has been engaged in her business for over 17 years and earns approximately 6000 PHP a month for these activities.

In 2009, Marites joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Marites has successfully repaid a previous loan of 7000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to to purchase additional inventory and working capital. Marites is requesting a new loan of 5000 PHP which will be used to purchase additional products like canned goods and junk foods. This loan will be the 3rd loan taken out by Marites 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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Loan details

Loan length:

7 months
Disbursed date: March 29, 2011
Facilitated by Field Partner: Hagdan Sa Pag-uswag Foundation, Inc. (HSPFI)

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Loan details

Loan length:

7 months
Disbursed date: March 29, 2011
Facilitated by Field Partner: Hagdan Sa Pag-uswag Foundation, Inc. (HSPFI)