A loan of $475 helped to purchase additional canned goods, snack foods and beverages.


Carolina's story

Carolina M. is from the village of Extension, Wao, Lanao del Sur. She is 34 years old and married with four school-aged children. To make a living, Carolina owns a sari-sari (variety) retail shop selling canned goods, snack foods, beverages, shampoo, soap and biscuits in the local community. Carolina has been engaged in her business for over five years and earns approximately 15000 PHP a month.

In 2008, Carolina joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. She has successfully repaid a previous loan of 15000 PHP from HSPFI and is requesting a new loan of 20000 PHP to purchase additional inventory. This loan will be the sixth loan taken out by Carolina from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve and expand her 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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