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Complete: Food Sales Income Generating Project For Marfel of the Philippines: $280 Raised. Thank You!

30 August 2011 One Comment

This project is now complete. Launched: August 8, 2011.
Completed: August 30, 2011.

Income Generating Project for Marfel Venus S. (8) of the Philippines

Our goal was to raise $280.

$280 raised.  Thank You!

Special thanks to: Anastasia Yecke who raised $260 from friends and family in honor of her birthday.

Please stay tuned for photos and updates.
Marfel (8) of the Philippines could benefit from a steady income that a food selling business could bring to her family.   Marfel’s mother sells balut and penoy from her home and makes a small profit each month (they are both duck egg Philipino specialties).  She currently buys her eggs from a supplier, and would like to expand this business. When the father gets home from work he too helps with selling the eggs. Usually, they are able to sell 50 pieces a day with a gain of 14 cents per piece.  We aimed to raise $280 for eggs, baskets, containers, and charcoal. All projects on the Aura’s House site are 100% US tax deductible.


Marfel Venus (8)

Income Generating Items

300 pcs of Balut eggs (wholesale)
300 pcs of Penoy eggs (wholesale)
2 large plastic containers
4 native basket
10 bags of charcoal (needed to cook the eggs)

TOTAL: $ 280

Marfel is the sponsored child of Dorothée Clinton of Brooklyn, NY.

Dorothée writes:

“Hello!  I am so happy to introduce everyone to Marfel.  She is, currently, 8 years old and writes very sweet letters. It is obvious that she has a very close knit family.  Marfel loves to write about helping her mother in the house and bonding with her younger sister.  She is a constant ray of sunshine and is beginning third grade.  Last year her family faced some huge changes in their lives when the government relocated them.  As in many poor Filipino communities, Marfel and her family live in an illegal settlement.  When the government wanted to build where they lived,  the families of the illegal settlement were moved and the area demolished.  Fortunately, the government placed Marfel and her family in a new home that is  sturdier one than her last home and has better amenities.  However, Marfel’s family is being forced into a mortgage.  I have started this fundraiser because I want to make sure that the family is able to continue with their mortgage payments without an issue and that they will eventually be able to own their home.  The mother has also mentioned that the family would like to use the extra income this will generate to meet the educational needs of her children.

I really feel that this is a loving and hard-working family that just wants the best for their kids.  I am so happy that I am able to offer them that opportunity, and I thank all of you for helping me in this endeavor!

All My Best Wishes and Thanks,

Goals for Income Generating Project:
1. Marfel’s mother has personally guaranteed that she will be responsible for sustaining this business. When she sells the first round of food, Marcel’s mother should have a gross income of $460.47 which she will partly reinvest back into the business.
2. The family hopes this bigger business will allow them to become an independent supplier of the balut and penoy. They believe other members of the community who wish to sell these items as the mother is doing now will buy their supplies from the family.
3. The Food Sales Income Generating Project will allow the family a good supplemental income while allowing Marcel’s mother to stay in the home and take care of the children. She does not want to have to seek work outside the home or outside their community.

This project is now complete, but please consider helping another family in need by donating to one of our current projects.

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  • Dorothee said:

    Wow, I’m so speechless but excited! Thank you so much Anastasia for choosing to support Marfel’s project through birthday donations. That’s so incredibly generous, and I am so happy that Marfel and her family are going to get this chance to permanently increase their income and therefore be able to keep up with their mortgages and pay for all their daughters’ school needs. So happy! Thanks a million for topping of this fundraiser in such a huge way.

    And thank you, of course, to everyone who donated. I don’t think this smile is going to come off my face until I’ve made it through the winter holidays. Yay!

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