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Dina Esguerra

City: Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija Country: Philippines Loan Use: additional capital
Loan Term: 24 Date Posted: June 07, 2017 First Repayment: May 04, 2017
Opportunity International Client Dina  Esguerra

Dina Esguerra is a hardworking wife and mother who lives with her husband and their three children in Cabanatuan City, Philippines. For several years, she has worked as a fish vendor to help provide for her family. Each day, she wakes up early to purchase fresh fish from local fishermen and suppliers, then returns to sell her fish from large tanks on the roadside. She also butchers the fish for her customers and sells other items, such as fresh vegetables and groceries, to help diversify her income, but she has struggled to make ends meet. Oftentimes, she did not earn enough income to support her children's school fees while also restocking her stand, and she feared that if she did not find additional capital soon, she would not be able to keep her business afloat.

Everything began to change when Dina's friend encouraged her to join Opportunity International. She received valuable financial training and a loan to purchase fish in bulk at lower prices, which has helped her reduce her operating costs, sell to more customers and increase her profits. Dina hopes that she can continue to expand her fish vending business in the future while also giving her kids a quality education.

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