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48-year-old Merlinda is a farmer living in the town of Sto. Niño, South Cotabato. She is married and has eight children. Her oldest child is already 31 years old and the youngest is only five.

Merlinda grows rice on their farm. Her husband, who is also a farmer, mainly manages their rice farm. Merlinda also raises pigs in her backyard. She fattens the pigs and sells them to the market.

Merlinda's loan will be used to purchase rice seed, fertilizer and piglets.

Additional Information

About Community Economic Ventures, Inc.

Community Economic Ventures, Inc. (CEVI), based in Bohol, was awarded the Platinum Award for Transparency in Social Performance Reporting by CGAP. Social performance monitoring is imperative in measuring a microfinance institution’s effectiveness. The fact that CEVI is participating in this process speaks volumes about the organization’s commitment to serving its clients effectively. In addition to providing credit for its clients, CEVI provides savings, insurance, and training through regular cluster group meetings.

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About Philippines

  • $7,000
    Average annual income
  • 482
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $69,789,400
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 43.4
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $350 helped Merlinda to purchase rice seed, fertilizer and piglets.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Apr 13, 2011
Apr 20, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 15, 2011