Tessie Pillado lives with her husband, Manolo, and two sons in Occidintal Mindoro, Philippines. She works hard to support her family and send her children to school. When she asked her friend about Opportunity International, they encouraged her to join. She was able to receive a loan for her convenience store and is expanding her business. Tessie used her additional income to purchase her own farm and a cow. She has even been able to help her neighbors by loaning them extra money when they are in need. Tessie prays that her business will continue togrow so that she can help more people, especially her family.