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A bountiful harvest requires a farm to be well fertilised and irrigated before planting. Sim has three children with her construction worker husband. So to assure a good yield, it’s essential their crops get the best start possible. Sim (38) seeks a loan to buy fertiliser that will deliver a solid result in a few months’ time. She believes that with these seasonal inputs, she will have a good harvest that will maintain the family’s subsistence living.
Nelly helps her husband support their family by running a variety store in their village. As family funds have been tight, she has had to use some of the store’s takings to pay household expenses. Now her inventory is running low and she cannot afford to restock. Nelly (41) needs a loan to refill her shelves. As sales recover, she will use the profit to sustain her children’s education and ensure a bright future for them.
Lilieni Tafolo seeks a loan to help grow her sewing business. At 56, she lives with her husband and some of their children and grandchildren. She has been able to apply her seamstress skills and generate some extra income for her family. Lilieni will use her loan to buy more fabric, threads and garment accessories to boost her workshop’s output. She hopes this will assure a brighter future for her grandchildren.
Taungalu Pahia and her husband work hard, but they know the yield from their peanut farm could be improved with better inputs and management. It’s the beginning of another season and she seeks a loan to buy more seeds, fertilisers and insecticides, and to hire labour for planting. By making her farm more productive, Taungalu knows a good harvest in a few months’ time will provide financial stability for the family.
Ma. Maribe Aron
As sole provider, Ma. Maribe (46) hawks fish to support her four children. Despite their hardship, she insists her children continue their studies, believing it the best legacy she can provide. Dried fish is a popular food in the Philippines – it is a cheap and tasty source of protein. Ma. Maribe seeks a loan to buy more fish, and what she cannot move each day she will dry and sell later. This dedicated mother believes her fish hawking trade can assure a good start in life for all her family.
Hawking fish in her village provides Marina with a reliable but meagre income. Marina wants to boost her trade but lacks the capital to buy larger quantities of fish. With a wider variety of stock in her baskets each morning, including smoked and salted fish, Marina can supply more customers. She is determined this loan can improve her business, and allow her to save for lean times.