Keeping a Positive Outlook

Estrella entered the Honor 1000 Microfinance Program in 2016. Prior to this, she and her husband earned their income only through their little convenience store, and by peddling fertilized duck eggs. Despite this, their earnings were just enough for the day’s needs. When she received her first microloan, she tried venturing into cooking and selling rice cakes. Seeing a growth opportunity, she decided to invest more capital and was able to eventually secure her own stall in a market. Her husband also started delivering the delicacies in a neighboring city. This became their primary source of being able to provide a good education and a sustainable future for their two kids.

However, this was halted due to the pandemic.

At the start of the community quarantine in provinces in the Philippines, they were still able to cross to the next town where most of their customers are since they was selling food – categorized under essential goods allowed for continuous operations. However, as the local government strengthened precautions, they are now unable to peddle their goods, which greatly affected their income.

While she and her family are struggling through this pandemic, they are grateful for relatives who are able to assist them with basic needs. Despite this challenging time, Estrella remains hopeful that this too shall pass and they will be able to recover from this crisis and get her small business back on track again.

WE NEED YOUR HELP

Philippines is one of the many countries struck by the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing majority of cities and provinces to be put in lockdown.

You can join us in helping poverty-stricken families recover from this crisis. With your support of USD 385, we will be able to provide a vulnerable Filipino mom with a small business loan. Click on the links below to know more about the project, or to send through your support.

 

Our Partners

   

CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | HUSKY ENERGY TAILORING SKILLS PROGRAM FOR WOMEN

New Journey for 30 Women

Could you imagine using a tape measure effectively if you didn’t know the numbers? Could you imagine using scissors for the first time and coordinating the cut? These are the challenges usually faced by women who have joined the Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women as most of them haven’t been to school. But it doesn’t stop them from working hard and learning all they can.




CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

Perfect Example of What's Possible

Since the start of the year, Pigs for Poverty program has helped 54 families and are looking forward to helping 71 more families as the year continues. But another exciting news for us is that we have a very special lady joining us in this year's project as a trainer.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Dedicated Student and Role Model Mom

Although life in the countryside is free and happy, economic development here apparently cannot keep up with the rhythm outside, and the cultural gap is tremendous. The financial pressure is increasing every year, and sometimes life gets very difficult and confusing for me. I am Datintso. I am 22, and this is my story.




END POVERTY | MY BUSINESS - MY FREEDOM | NEPAL

Experiencing Real Freedom

Jamuna wanted to start her own small business in order to become more self-reliant, and no longer need to leave her home and children to work in other people's homes.




EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

An Excellent Teacher in the Making

Tashi entered the Vocational School Scholarship Program in 2018, and took up Preschool Education as her chosen vocational study. Her family used to borrow money so she could study but it all became too difficult financially so she had to drop school in 2017 after she finished grade 8. She shares her experiences and dreams with us.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | HUSKY ENERGY TAILORING SKILLS PROGRAM FOR WOMEN

Living and Working with Gratitude

When Yedron learned about the Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women, she was filled with so much hope and eagerness. She wanted to enter the program with the hopes of learning a new skill and start her own business at home.