Moti’s family has faced a lot of challenges over the years. Her husband went to a gulf country to earn money but had to return within a month because of illness.
Moti started a small grocery shop but wasn’t able to earn much. She was unable to recover outstanding credit from some of her customers. Because of her increasing debt and inability to pay her bills, she was ready to close down her business.
One day, a loans officer from the My Business My Freedom Microfinance Project invited her to come along to a local microfinance women’s group meeting. After two hours of orientation on financial management, she was encouraged that she also can do something to support her family.
This young woman was provided with a loan through the My Business My Freedom Program to continue her business. The tips and business management training also helped her significantly. She is now slowly recovering her previous debts and has added more items in her shop. Her monthly sales are steadily increasing and she is keeping on top of her loan repayments.
Moti is thankful that the My Business My Freedom Microfinance Program is empowering her to be a small business entrepreneur.
This amazing program is currently empowering 147 women with small microloans and business skills so they can become self-sustainable and independent women.
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.