Until a vulnerable woman is helped to address her poverty, she will still be attracted to the prospect of migration out of her home village. This is a high risk change for her and leaves her vulnerable to trafficking.
My Business My Freedom Program aims to help targeted women address their poverty and support their families more sustainably through offering small business solutions. Below are stories of two determined and hardworking women who received their loans in 2020.
Mina received her first loan in the latter half of 2020 and used it to start a small goat-raising business. She uses the income from this business to provide for her and her little daughter as well as save up for when her daughter is ready to start school.
Mina and her daughter feeding their goats
Meanwhile, Raju started her small convenience store from the loan she received from My Business My Freedom. She has been able to earn a more steady income, while slowly repaying her microloan.
Raju and her children inside their small convenience store
Though these two moms’ business ventures are entirely different from each other, both of them share a common goal, that is, to save up and provide a better future for their precious little ones.
Along with the continued support of women’s groups, we believe that these small businesses are what will permanently remove these women and their daughters from the lures of trafficking.
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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.