A loan of $350 helped to purchase additional canned goods, instant noodles and beverages.

Marivic's story

Marivic U. is from the village of Tumpagon, Cagayan de Oro City. She is 31 years old, married and has 3 school-aged children. Marivic owns and operates a sari-sari (variety) shop, buying and selling canned goods, junk foods, shampoo, soap, biscuits, detergents and beverages in the local community. She also provides motorela or habal-habal services with her husband as the driver. Marivic has been engaged in her business for over 5 years and earns approximately 8,000 PHP a month from it.

In 2009, Marivic joined HSPFI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Marivic has successfully repaid a previous loan of 11,000 PHP from HSPFI, which was used to to purchase additional inventory and to increase working capital. Marivic is requesting a new loan of 14,000 PHP which will be used to purchase additional canned goods, instant noodles and beverages. This will be the 4th loan taken out by Marivic from HSPFI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business 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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