Place: Matain, Philippines  
Age: 32  
Business: Tailor Shop  
Loan: 192€; 96€


Update November 2017

The latest trend in the Philippines: Hello Kitty products. The single mom knows how to make use of this opportunity and also produces Hello Kitty bags. For a bulk order of the respective materials she received another micro loan. 


Update September 2017

Catherine was able to repay her microcredit one month earlier than planned. She continues with her small business and regularly sells bags and other merchandise on a market close to her home.

Update November 2017

Der neuste Schrei auf den Philippinen: Hello Kitty Produkte. Das nutzt die alleinstehende Mutter geschickt aus und produziert selbst Hello Kitty Taschen. Für eine Großbestellung der entsprechenden Materialien erhielt sie einen weiteren Mikrokredit. 

Update September 2017

Catherine konnte ihren Mikrokredit bereits einen Monat früher als geplant zurückzahlen. Sie führt ihr Kleinunternehmen weiter und verkauft jede Woche auf dem Marktplatz in ihrer Nähe Taschen und andere Produkte.

About Catherine (2016)

Catherine took her first micro loan more than two years ago. After opening a small store and successfully repaying her loan, she decided to take part in a training program on another island. Now she is back and works again as part time for Project Life as sewing instructor.

Read the following excerpt from the loan application interview between Leslie Nabong (Project Life) and Catherine:

Leslie: Tell us something about your living conditions

Catherine: I live with my parents and my daughter in a small 2 room house, in the fishing village together with the other relatives.

Leslie: What do you plan on doing with your micro loan?

Catherine:  I decided to get a loan to buy my own machine. I will sew in my free days.

Leslie: What products will you produce?

Catherine: I’m planning to do pyjamas and simple shirts as well as curtains made of fabric and bags made of sacks.

End of November, she sends us this picture of her business:


Find out more about Catherine’s first business and what her home looks like: click here



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