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Arlene is from Philippines. She needs a loan of $300 to fix the tricycle.
Arlene Escoton is a resident of Carmen, Cebu which is in the Philippines. She is 37 years old with four young children that she must support. To earn an income, Arlene raises hogs while her husband drives their tricycle.
Arlene is asking for a loan from World Vision so that she can have the tricycle that her husband uses for his business to be checked and fixed. Her income will be for her family's daily consumption and children's education.
In areas where the poor live alongside the more affluent, businesses in the service sector can be very successful. Services include flower cultivation, tailoring/sewing, transportation, repair work, beauty salons and barber shops, and restaurants. Loans are needed to begin, expand, or sustain business with tools and supplies. Loans given to entrepreneurs in the service sector account for around 7% of our loans.
World Vision began working with the people of the Philippines in Manila in 1954. Childcare projects began shortly thereafter to help fund orphanages and daycare centers, health-care programs, educational assistance, hygiene, and spiritual enrichment projects. The Good Shepherd’s Fold Orphanage Project provided a gas stove, 600 reference books, musical instruments, vegetable seeds, and 3,000 textbooks to children on the island of Guimaras.
From 1960 to 1969, sponsorship continued to grow with the addition of the Mercyville orphanage in the village of Polonulig on the island of Mindanao. In addition, the Philippines Medical Boat Mission Project ministered to suffering people in remote, sea-locked villages. Medical and
evangelical teams provided health care through two- and three-day clinics in churches and homes.
World Vision opened the Manila office in 1972. Staff sought to improve communities and continued sharing the message of the Gospel. By the end of the decade World Vision sponsored 29,750 children. Community development projects provided a comprehensive approach to integrate
development among the small islands, which typically have few resources and are inaccessible during rough seas. Projects there sought to promote fishing, health care, sanitation, and education. The Ilin Island Fishing Project benefited 600 people by promoting self-sufficiency through agricultural production, increased fishing harvests, and improved water supplies.
Arlene says that her hope and strength is renewed after she received the loan from World Vision. She is so happy that her husband can continue his business operating a tricycle and she is able to continue raising hogs.
Arlene continues to pay her loan dues on schedule. Thank you for supporting Arlene and World Vision Micro!
The loan that Arlene received has helped her business greatly. Her business strategies are helping Arlene to make good investments and improvements. Moreover, she is earning larger profits. Arlene is grateful that she can ensure her tricycle is promptly fixed if there are ever any problems.
Arlene has repaid her loan in full. These loan funds are now available to help another worthy entrepreneur in her community. Thank you for supporting Arlene and World Vision Micro!