Marisa Ganding

Business Location:
General Santos City
Massage Suites and Wellness Center

This 2018 Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA) recognized KMBI Program Member, Marisa Ganding, as the Special Awardee for Start-up Microbusiness. She runs a spa and wellness center with three branches in Mindanao.

Marisa started out as a masseuse in General Santos City, earning PhP 50.00 per massage with a maximum of 5 clients a day. She had worked like this for a decade, and decided to move to a medical spa where she realized that the time was ripe for starting a business.

“Compared to working, running a business allows you to help more people,” she said.

Marisa started with home services. With consistent efforts, she had managed to draw in more customers, allowing her to save up capital which she used to invest on a massage center with three beds.

She discovered KMBI through her mother who is also a member of the program. She used the capital she borrowed from KMBI to support her business needs until her loan amount increased, which was instrumental to establishing two more branches in her area. Marisa hopes to chart the entire Mindanao with her massage services in the future.

“Thank you, KMBI. I would not have done it without your help,”Marisa said during her town hall celebration.

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