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Mrs. Carmelita A. is 52 years of age. She is married and has two children. She signed up for her Paglaum membership because she is attracted to the various programs and services that the cooperative has offered.

She runs a sari-sari (variety) store and she sells fruit. Despite going through a lot of challenges in her business pursuits, Carmelita believes in hard work. She said that Paglaum is true to its word in bringing hope to its members and potential members. With the wide array of programs and services, the members can find it all with Paglaum. She dreams of sending all of her children to college.

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About Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative

Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PMPC) was founded in 1992 by the beneficiaries, parents and staff of the Paglaum Community Development Foundation to address economic and livelihood activities for sustainability. The organization operates in the northwestern provinces of Mindanao and Visayas.

In the local vernacular, “paglaum” means “hope.” The initial foundation is dedicated to child development through a holistic approach. The goal is to build self-reliance and expand opportunity so the poorest of the poor can help themselves.

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  • $7,000
    Average annual income
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $425 helped Carmelita to buy fruit in addition to sari-sari store stocks.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 30, 2009
Apr 7, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 15, 2009