Place: Zambales, Philippines   
Age: 22  
Business: Secondhand Shop    
Loan: 87 EUR/ 5,000 PHP


Large amounts of water are required in the production of new garments. Another part of the water resources is heavily polluted by textile production. In addition, according to WWF, the clothing and textile industry contributes significantly to global greenhouse gas emissions with 1.7 billion tons of CO2 per year. But not everything always has to be new. At Secondhand shops from all over the world a variety of unique and stylish garments can be found. These second-hand garments protect the environment and save money. Money that is missing in some places – such as in the Philippines.  

Maria comes from the Philippine province of Zambales and runs a small online shop where she sells second-hand clothes, bags and shoes, as well as food. She therefore offers cost-effective and environmentally friendly goods. After an order has been received, she delivers the goods in person and thus earns between 87 and 140 euros per month. Together with her husband and their child, they live in a tenement. She describes her life as simple. The 22-year-old has a high school degree and wants her child to receive a better education. Therefore, with the help of the GMI microcredit over 87 euros, Maria plans to expand her shop and with the savings to enable her child to go to college.  

Translator: Frederic