By directly addressing the problem of extreme poverty, the Honor 1000 Micro-finance Program in the Philippines, directly decreases the attraction to high risk practices of migration to find work and being tricked into the sex trade.
37 new women have joined the project over the past quarter
2,271 women are currently part of the Honor 1000 Micro-finance project.
251 women, over the past 12 months, are now operating successful small businesses, fully repaid their loans and are now poverty free.
Maricel is one of the young women who joined Honor 1000’s Micro-finance Program recently. Along with 30% of the Philippine population, she was poor and had a bleak future. She was determined to help her husband in building a better future. She started from owning a few livestock to securing a place in their local market. Her retail items grew to include ready to wear accessories and as her business has grown, she now also sells vegetables and spices. Her livestock has grown and she is able to offer more variety and products to her customers.
With her profit, she is able to financially support her nieces and nephews in their education. Maricel has suffered a miscarriage recently but she is saving and preparing a safe home for when she has her own children. We are proud of Maricel for taking charge of her life and her future. We know, with the support this amazing project offers, she will flourish into a young entrepreneur, become poverty free and have a bright future.
Thank you to those who have believed in and invested into this program. It continues to change lives and provide women and their families with sustainable solutions to poverty.
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.