Rogelio is a hardworking father who lives with his wife, Myrna, and their 6-year-old and 4-year-old children in Borongan City, Philippines. For many years, Myrna worked as a teacher while Rogelio worked odd jobs throughout the community to earn a living. Determined to better support his family, Rogelio opened his own internet shop where he sells access and time on computers to his customers. His family’s income immediately increased and he put most of his earnings into renovating his family’s home. Although he was determined to give his family a more comfortable place to live, Rogelio quickly realized that his business was suffering because he did not have enough capital to invest in its growth.
Everything began to change when a visiting loan officer encouraged Rogelio to join Opportunity International. Rogelio received a loan, which he used to purchase computer parts and other devices for his shop that he could not previously afford. Now that he is able to maintain and improve all of the computers in his shop, he can give his customers more reliable internet access on his computers. Rogelio is also earning more income for his family, and is eagerly saving to finish the renovations on his home and to give his young children the best education he can afford.