Suma Pun (28) lives with her husband and child. Her husband is 60 years old and unable to support his family. Suma joined the My Business My Freedom program and with her first microloan, purchased a sewing machine to make clothes to sell. Her small business started to grow quickly as the quality of her work spread. She successfully paid back her first loan and took out her second microloan to purchase extra fabric and an interlocking machine to make her clothes even more professional.
Because of the countrywide lockdown, Suma’s business suffered with no customers. She struggled to provide food for her family. Suma was one of 30 My Business My Freedom women who received a month’s supply of food to help them through this crisis.
All microloan repayments have been suspended until the crisis is over. Now that the lockdown restrictions are starting to lift in Nepal, Suma is very keen to open her business again and start generating income to continue repaying her microloan and being able to
support her family.
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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.