NANAY STORIES: Belen Sotto’s Journey to a Comfortable Life

Posted 3 months ago

In the comfort of one’s home, a family only wishes to live in a house that best provides the needs of their family. To pursue this, working hard to achieve the goal to live comfortably has been quite strenuous and hard for a family that only makes quite a living; but for the family of Belen Sotto, she was privileged enough to be able to avail the WASH Loan.

Belen Sotto, a 57 year old Barbeque (BBQ) Seller from Branch Manga living with her husband, Roman Sotto and her 3 kids has been working hard to fulfill their needs as a family. As a former employee, Nanay Belen has improved their lifestyle, and has continued doing so as a BBQ seller and living off the pension of her husband.

With the success of her business, she wanted to start her house renovation. Before she was introduced to the WASH Loan, she was having a hard time continuing the renovation of her bathroom. Although she already had a bathroom and a water source, Nanay Belen wanted to improve it for their family. She was not able to have it cemented and tiled.

 For her first loan amount of Php 5,000.00, she was able to start the changes to her sanitary area and improving the floors of her bathroom. With the second loan of Php 10,000.00, she was able to finish her bathroom renovation.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa RAFI MFI dahil tinulungan niyo kami, hindi lang sa aming negosyo kundi din sa pagbigay ng pagkakataon na mas iangat ang aming buhay sa pamamagitan ng pag-gamit ng WASH Loan, na naging daan upang mas mapadali at mas mapaganda ang aming banyo. Magaan lang din sa bulsa ang interest at nababayaran ko din agad. Sana ay mas makatulong pa kayo ng maraming micro-entrepreneur na gustong maging mas komportable ang kanilang buhay. (I am very thankful for RAFI MFI for helping us, not only in our business but for giving us a chance to elevate our lives through availing the WASH Loan, that paved the way to improve our bathroom. The payment was not too heavy in our part, and the interest was enough for us to repay it immediately. I hope you help more micro-entrepreneurs who wants to live a more comfortable life.)

For many years, the longing of the family of Nanay Belen to live a comfortable life has been their goal, and now they have done so. Opportunities such as the WASH Loan, has always given a family the chance to become motivated to continue elevating their lives.