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Ria Reyes

City: Mabilog, Concepcion, Tarlac Country: Philippines Loan Use: to buy additional ingredients to cook more dishes to sell
Loan Term: 24 Date Posted: June 07, 2017 First Repayment: March 24, 2017
Opportunity International Client Ria Reyes

Ria Reyes is a hardworking wife and mother who lives with her husband, Arturo, and their three children in Mabilog, Philippines. For several years, Ria has managed a food vending business in her community, rising early in the morning to purchase her ingredients and to prepare her dishes. She makes a wide variety of traditional Filipino sweets like banana cue, camote cue, turon and drinks like sago gulaman. Although she had many customers and was known for her delicious food, Ria struggled to sustain both her business and her family. Even with her husband's additional income from construction, she struggled to afford her children's school fees and her family's expenses while also trying to invest in her business's growth.

Everything began to change when Ria joined an Opportunity International Trust Group where she received valuable financial training and a loan. She used her loan to purchase ingredients in bulk, which has helped her increase her food production, sell to more customers and drive her profits higher than ever before. Now, Ria is confident that she will be able to continue expanding her business while saving to give her children the best education she can afford.

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