“I migrated to a different area in Nepal four years ago. My husband was unemployed and we were struggling to make ends meet. Due to our harsh financial conditions, I had to lie to my husband that I was doing labor work, but was actually engaged in sex work. I was able to keep it a secret for some time, but I was not content and wanted to change my life but I didn’t know how.”
“When I attended an orientation program for the My Business My Freedom project, I not only realized that I was in a trafficking-like situation but also found a way to get out of my situation through the microfinance offered.”
“After the orientation session was over, I personally talked to the manager and told her my story and how I wanted to change my life. After an assessment and some training, I received my first microloan. I started a small poultry business. After I paid back the first loan, I could get a second microloan. I am raising 200 chickens in a rented space. Now, my husband and I are self-employed, managing our chicken rearing business. My two children – one son and one daughter – are going to school without having to worry for their tuition.”
“With My Business My Freedom, my life has been much happier.”
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.