Maribel Dela Cruz is a hardworking wife and mother who lives with her husband, Isabelo, and their only child in Pampanga, Philippines. For the past several years, Maribel has managed a sari-sari store near her home where she sells a wide variety of groceries and household goods to help her husband support their family, but even with his additional earnings from working in construction they have struggled to make ends meet. Maribel worked long hours at her store and was determined to expand her business, but because most of her income went towards her family’s expenses and her child’s school fees, she never had the capital she needed to invest in her store.
Maribel began to regain hope for her business and her family when she joined Opportunity International. Maribel received valuable financial training and a loan, which she plans to use to purchase stock for her store in bulk. By expanding the amount and selection of goods available at her store, she hopes she will be able to meet more of her neighbors’ needs, sell to more customers and increase her profits. Maribel plans to save her earnings so she can give her child the best education she can afford and improve her family’s quality of life.