Lorenda Caanawan is a hardworking entrepreneur who lives with her husband, Jamuol, and their two children in Bayanihan, Philippines. For the past several years, Lorenda has managed her own sari-sari store to help her husband support their family. She sells a wide variety of groceries at her store, including eggs, dried fish, canned goods, snacks and household products, but despite her wide range of products, Lorenda has struggled to support her business and her family's needs. Although she was able to put food on her family's table, she struggled to scrape together enough income to pay her children's school fees and to invest in her store's growth.
Lorenda found the solution to her financial troubles when she joined an Opportunity International Trust Group. She received valuable financial training and a loan to purchase stock for her store in bulk. With her shelves fully stocked with new merchandise, Lorenda has been able to meet more of her neighbors' needs, sell to more customers and increase her income. Now that her store is thriving, she plans to save her earnings so she can give her children a quality education and the chance for a life free from poverty.