Yam Rana was married 13 years ago and has a daughter and a son. She and her husband struggled to provide for their family which meant they could not send their children to school. She heard about the My Business My Freedom Program and attended an orientation session. This was an opportunity she knew would help her to grow an income and be able to give her children an education.
After training in budgeting and small business management, Yam Rana received her first microloan in June 2019. She bought four small goats. Within 6 months, the goats were ready to sell and she more than doubled her investment. After repaying her microloan, she received her second microloan and plans to increase the number of goats as well as build a shed for them. As her small business grows and she earns more, she is confident she will be able to enroll her children in school. She is excited to be able to give her children a good future.
Nobody trusted her to give her a loan thinking that she would not be able to pay it back. Now, she is part of a group of women who are accountable to each other and encouraging when they have down days. We think Yam Rana’s smile says it all. The My Business My Freedom Program has changed her life.
Dil lives with her daughter in a rural area 25 kilometers away from the city. They live in two rented rooms with a roof made up of zinc sheets. She works as a farm laborer to provide for her and her daughter.
Many Filipino families continue to suffer from the harsh consequences of prolonged lockdown in the country. Sadly, many of these parents are pushed to their limits and resort to exploitation (of their own children) as a means to earn a living.
Womokyid, 29, lives in the province with her family and aging parents. When she was younger, her father had an accident at work leaving him unable to work. Because of this, Womokyid had to stop school so she can help her mother take care of her father and earn income for their family. Now that she has a family of her own, her desire is to start a small restaurant of her own so can take care of her family while also earning a stable income.
Fujie, 44, is a single mother. She raised her son alone after her husband has left home many years ago. Her biggest regret was not being able to send her son to school to complete his studies. She hopes to be of help in any way she can.
Quijangtso first applied in the Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women in 2019 with the recommendation of the project coordinator and teachers. Faced with a lot of challenges, Quijangtso did not back down and continued to persevere.