Merlita Lictawa is a hardworking entrepreneur who lives in the Philippines with her husband and school-aged children. For the past three years, Merlita has managed a convenience store providing a variety of grocery items to her community members. It hasn’t been easy for their family, and there was a time when Merlita and her husband were not able to afford to send their children to school. Everything began to change for Merlita when a friend introduced her to Opportunity International. Merlita received financial training and a loan to invest in her shop and purchase inventory in bulk. Now, Merlita can purchase additional product and increase her sales. Thanks to the loan she received, Merlita will be able to use her increased income to save for her children’s education and their futures.