Mary Jean Lequip lives in the Philippines, with her husband and their son. To provide for her family, she opened a small general goods store a few years ago. However, she had to borrow money to start her business, and she struggled to make a profit. Mary Jean’s husband worked as a farmer, but his income wasn’t enough to cover the family’s expenses, either. Mary Jean found a solution to their financial hardship when some friends encouraged her to join Opportunity International. After completing financial literacy training, Mary Jean received her first loan, which she invested in her business. Between the business training and the loan, Mary Jean says she has made great improvements to her store. Her increased income ensures she can provide for her family’s needs. Looking forward, Mary Jean plans to invest her second loan into expanding her product selection so she can reach even more customers.