A few weeks ago, the Philippines was taken aback by a series of quakes that shook several provinces in the Central to Northern part of Luzon and some other provinces in Visayas, causing severe damage to properties and lives. But not this microfinance group in the rural parts of Bataan.
Not minding the pending aftershocks and the few kilometers they have to walk to meet, these mothers remain committed to meeting each other every week – repaying their microloan repayments, sharing stories, and encouraging one another.
Before the session ended, Flo from Honor 1000 Movement encouraged each of them to keep working hard and stand strong in their communities. This meant a lot to the group of women and reminded them that every bit of effort and hard work they exert today is a step towards building their homes on dignity and securing their families’ future. Likewise, their unity within the fellowship group serves as their solid ground that helps them stand firm despite challenges.
There are currently 2,271 women and their families who are part of the Honor 1000 Microfinance Program.
Everyday, Ofelia sets out in the afternoon to sell boiled duck eggs, or more commonly known in the Philippines as "balut", together with other snacks to fill her neighbors. She does this diligently to provide for her four children, while her husband works as a construction worker.
Adelinda, married and a mother of four, used to work as a manicurist and went from one house to another to earn. Her husband on the other hand is a farmer. After receiving her loan, she was able to build their own store.
Nenita joined the Honor 1000 Microfinance Project in 2021. She and her husband are both vegetable and rice farmers and are working together to provided for their four children. She shares how the typhoons and floods affect their harvest season.
Luisa is a single mom who perseveres to support her daughter. When she first joined the Honor 1000 Microfinance Program and started her rice cake business, it was also the time when lockdowns started happening in the Philippines.
As a young mother who is also the eldest in her family, Lyka is persevering to provide for her two toddlers and two siblings. Even with the unpredictable changes with COVID-19 restrictions, she and her husband are determined to continue their small snack vending and online business.