The Most Vulnerable in Filipino Society at Even Greater Risk
Our on-the-ground partner in the Philippines, Honor 1000, has always held regular meetings with the microfinance groups to ensure that mothers are not only able to maintain regular payments, but that they also take away valuable lessons to improve their livelihood.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these regular meetings have been put on hold as community-wide quarantine is implemented in various cities and provinces. The majority of small businesses in the Microfinance program have also been affected. As sales of their goods plumet, mothers have to reallocate both their time and budget to ensure their families are well taken care of and their daily needs are met.
The sad reality is that the uncertainty brought about by this pandemic has caused panic and anxiety. Most of these rural and urban poor families from the Philippines rely on daily income/wages to get by, and stocking up on even just a week’s supply of basic necessities is nearly impossible.
The staff from Honor 1000, continue to do their best in maintaining open communication lines for their microfinance clients – checking in by phone calls and text messages for immediate needs, waiving loan repayment deadlines, and providing encouragement.
This crisis has put the most vulnerable in society at an even greater risk. We hope that with your support, we can help these families survive and recover from this crisis. If you wish to send through your donations, simply click below.
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.