Lilibeth’s Story of Recovery

Lilibeth’s livelihood would not be recovered today without the help of the Bangon Recovery Loan.


During typhoon Haiyan, Lilibeth’s rice farm was flooded. She lost a hundred of her ducks and eggs.


“Our house was destroyed. We ran for shelter to a nearby concrete house, carrying nothing but our two-year old baby twins,” recalls Lilibeth.


After typhoon Haiyan hit their village, they received relief aid from the local government and different non-governmental organizations (NGO). But the relief aid doesn’t last for long.


Lilibeth took out the Bangon Recovery loan from Community Economic Ventures, Inc. (CEVI). She bought additional 200 ducklings, feeds, and nets. She rebuilt their house and set aside money for food consumption.


“It took us almost one year to recover. Despite the slow recovery in our area, we are grateful for the Bangon Recovery loan which allowed us to bring back our livelihoods, “says Lilibeth.


Lilibeth’s main souce of livelihood for her family is duck breeding and egg harvesting. She supplies eggs to her community. It takes four months for a duck to mature. It has a lifetime of 3-4 years.


Lilibeth’s partner, Democrito, helps her support the family through carpentry business. The loans help Lilibeth to support her five children. Two of her children are in high school and one in elementary. She hopes to continually support them until they finish their schooling.


Through Bangon Recovery loan, Lilibeth gets back on her feet again and work. She has now repaid her Bangon Recovery loan and took out another.


At CEVI, women like Lilibeth are trained on how to handle money and grow their livelihoods. Moreover, they also receive important services such as medical insurance and savings. -END