Florida and Realino Go didn’t think they would survive when Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines last November. They were lucky to emerge from the devastating storm alive, but like millions of others, found their world destroyed. Their only source of income — the humble candymaking business they ran out of their kitchen — was wiped away.
After helping to meet survivors’ emergency needs in the immediate aftermath of Haiyan, Mercy Corps focused on helping families like the Gos recover as quickly as possible. Florida and Realino are just two of more than 100,000 Filipinos we’ve reached with $2.3 million in emergency cash assistance to help them buy food, rebuild their homes and reopen their businesses in the past year. Learn more about Mercy Corps' response to Typhoon Haiyan ▸
Working with BankO, the Philippines’ first mobile phone-based bank, the program is continuing to bring longer-term financial services to remote, low-income communities that don’t have access to brick-and-mortar banks.