Mercedes Bayados 6


Subic, Philippines





Business Idea:

Opening a tailor shop

Micro Loan:


Mercedes’ husband is paralyzed. Being disabled in the Philippines is difficult: there is no government support, and streets or shops are usually not designed in a wheelchair friendly way (which doesn’t really matter as most of the poor can’t afford one anyway). But most of all, it is extremely hard for disabled people to find a job. Therefore, Mercedes goes to the market every day to buy food. She then cooks and her husband sells meals in front of the house.

The couple is raising their grandson who is in grade 9. They want to earn enough money to send him to vocational school after high school.

Hence, Mercedes took part in Project Life’s professional training program for industrial sewing. Afterwards she spent two months looking for a sewing machine – and when she found one she applied for a micro loan.

Mercedes, after signing her contract: “I am so excited! I already have so many orders for skirts, curtains, and more. I feel I have a better chance now to help my grandson.”

Update December 2016: Mercedes fully repaid her micro loan! She and her husband have now an additional income of around 8,10€ per week!

Gallery Mercedes

Gallery Mercedes
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Mercedes (right) signed the contract for her micro loan.

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