A loan of $125 helped to purchase additional cell phone credits and firewood to resell.


Excel's story

Excel A. is from the village of Barangay 17, Gingoog City. He is 38 years old. Excel is married and has three school-aged children.

To make a living, Excel buys and sells prepaid cell phone credits. He also sells firewood and coconut husks for love bird nests. Excel has been engaged in his business for over seven years and earns approximately 5,000 PHP a month.

In 2009, Excel joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve his business and living situation. Excel has successfully repaid a previous loan of 10,000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to to purchase additional inventory and for working capital.

Excel is requesting a new loan of 5,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase additional cell phone credits and firewood. This will be the fourth loan taken out by Excel from HSPFI. He plans to use the additional revenue generated from the loan to improve and expand his business.

About HSPFI:
HSPFI is an accredited partner 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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