The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation (RAFI) Micro-finance has opened three new branches in Leyte to better serve more nanay and tatay clients around Eastern Visayas. These are in Carigara, Ormoc City, and Palo, which were all opened within April and brings the total number of branches to 28.
“We ask ourselves, where should we go next? If we want to reach out to more communities, we should go to other places since we already had extended help in Cebu for 17 years. That’s why we’re here in Leyte,” said RAFI Micro-finance Executive Director Ma. Theresa Catipay during the opening of the Palo branch.
Even with the difficulty in learning the language, RAFI Micro-finance reached out to the Waray-waray part of Leyte to reach more people and help elevate more lives.
“We are here for a long-term relationship so that we can achieve our mission and be able to help more families,” added Deputy Director for Operations Ailyne Lim.
“Upon listening to their orientation, I realized RAFI Micro-finance was OK especially knowing that they are from Aboitiz, which is familiar with us. I did not hesitate to apply for a loan because it will improve my business. I hope RAFI extends help to many more in starting businesses around here,” said one nanay in attendance.
RAFI Micro-finance aims to serve approximately 90,000 clients by the end of 2016.