A loan of $275 helped to purchase additional products like canned goods & snack food.

Merlina's story

Merlina T. is from the village of Sta. Cruz, Magsaysay, Misamis Oriental. She is 43 years old. Merlina is married and has 2 school-aged children. She owns & operates a sari-sari (variety) retail shop where she sells shampoo, soap, canned goods, beverages, snack food & baby diapers. Merlina has been engaged in her business for over 3 years and earns approximately 7,000 PHP a month.

In 2009, Merlina joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and her ability to engage in business activities. She has successfully repaid a previous loan of 9,000 PHP from HSPFI. This previous loan was used to to purchase additional inventory & provide working capital. She is requesting a new loan of 11,000 PHP which will be used to purchase additional products like canned goods & snack food. This will be her 4th loan from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated to improve/expand her business.

About HSPFI:

HSPFI is one of the 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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