Merlinda Leal is a 46-year-old married woman who supports her family by operating 3 business ventures: tobacco sales, pig fattening and coffee sales. She lives in Brgy. 9, Isabela, Negros Occidental. She has been a member of NWTF-Project Dungganon since 1997 and has improved her living conditions with the help of her loans from NWTF and through her own efforts. By working hard in her three businesses, she is gradually making her family more economically stable. She now earns an average monthly income of PHP 10,000. Merlinda is now borrowing PHP 30,000 in order to fund the operations of her tobacco business. This will be her 19th loan from NWTF-Project Dungganon. Her previous loan of PHP 29,500, which she paid off well within its term, was just another step in her journey toward economic freedom. Merlinda hopes to elevate her family’s living conditions and ensure their future well-being by following the Dungganon way.
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