Month: February 2021

Seeing Hope

In the era of contact lenses and eye surgeries, eye problems may seem like a thing of the past, but for those living in ultra-poverty, vision issues can be an insurmountable challenge. Loreto, a 51 year old farmer in Dipolog, is the primary breadwinner for his family. He works hard to not only provide for...
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Her Savings Group Helped Her Build a House after it was destroyed by a Tornado

  We often say that a savings group can act as a safety net for when its ultra-poor members are facing emergencies. Janice in Dipolog lived this out when she and her family found themselves living in a pigpen. When Janice first joined Transform in 2017, she wasn’t so sure about the livelihood lessons. Wives...
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Ten months of Community Quarantine and the Crisis is Far from Over for the Poor

Ten months into the pandemic and community quarantine, the poor in Palawan, the Visayas, and Mindanao continue to struggle to meet their basic needs. Thirty-four percent were worried that they would not have enough food to eat; two-thirds (67%) percent are earning less than before the pandemic; and a quarter (27%) are unable to pay...
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