Many small vendors in the Philippines borrow at high interest rates from moneylenders in order to operate. Yet too many of these individuals end up falling into unproductive cycles of debt. Recent survey work shows that there are at least 600 vendors operating in the markets of Cagayan de Oro city paying off high-interest debt -- handing over money that could be better used for child care, food, medicine or education for their children.
Vendors will be provided with a debt pay-off and some may also be selected to receive financial literacy training and encouragement to save money in a bank account
Pulled out of the cycle of debt, vendors will be able to devote resources to productive enterprises. Vendors may be less likely to fall into debt traps in the future.