A loan of $350 helped to buy cooking oil, drinks, and snack foods for her store.

Mildred's story

Mildred, a 38-year-old store owner, is married to Serafin, a tricycle driver and manager of their welding shop as well as village treasurer. Their marriage is gifted with three children: Shermae Michelle – an 18-year-old first year nursing student; Sermil Micheal – a 15-year-old junior high school student, and Shella Mae – a 12-year-old Grade 6 elementary student. The family lives in Barangay Magsaysay Naguillan.

Mildred’s store has been a big help in their family, as each week she can earn a gross income of at least P 5000, budgeting that income to support the studies of her eldest, since the nursing course is very expensive, and the educational needs of her other two children. Some of the earnings are also used to maintain their corn and rice farming business.

To further sustain her store and farming business, Mildred is requesting a loan as additional capital with which she will buy more goods to offer in her store. The said amount will make her store profitable and hopefully enable her to convert it into a grocery store. In this way, she can provide for the immediate needs of the people in the community and spare them the inconvenience of having to go to the market for their basic requirements.

Through the income from her business, Mildred is able to provide the medication for her eldest child who is suffering from lupus, a chronic auto-immune disease that can be fatal. She prays that they can prevail in their struggle and that her child will be cured. She loves her family and becomes teary- eyed whenever she remembers her child's sickness. According to Mildred, her child is strongly fighting her sickness, and this gives her the strength to overcome it.

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