Cynthia Pacol lives in San Jose, Philippines, with her husband and their two children. For many years, Cynthia focused on raising her children, but she wanted to find a way to earn an income for her family, too. She decided to open a small general goods store so she could contribute to her family’s finances. However, Cynthia struggled to maintain a profitable business because her family had some unexpected expenses, and she didn’t have the capital she needed to recover her business. Cynthia found the solution to her financial troubles when she joined Opportunity International. After completing financial literacy training, Cynthia received a loan. She used the loan to expand her shop and to start a second business, a computer shop, where customers can rent time on a computer Cynthia bought. She says she is grateful to Opportunity for their partnership and she is happy that her two businesses are helping her to support her family’s needs. Looking ahead, Cynthia wants to both help her own family and to serve her community.