Audrey Madilejos is a hardworking wife and mother who lives with her husband, Marcelo, and their three children in Daraga, Philippines. For the past nine years, Audrey and Marcelo have managed a sari-sari store near their home where they sell a wide variety of groceries and household goods to support their family. Although they were able to get their business off the ground, they struggled to make ends meet. Many of their customers paid for their groceries with credit and were unable to pay what they owed, leaving Audrey and Marcelo with their mounting debt and less income to support their family. Audrey was determined to make their business a success, but she didn’t know where to turn for financial support.
Audrey found the solution to her business troubles when a visiting loan officer encouraged her to join Opportunity International. She received valuable financial training and a loan, which she is using to purchase stock for her store in bulk. By expanding the amount and selection of goods available at her store, Audrey hopes that she will be able to meet more of her neighbors’ needs, sell to more customers and increase her profits. She is also using her newfound business and financial knowledge to manage her customers’ payments more efficiently, and she hopes to save so she can give her children the best education she can afford and the chance for a better life.