A 46-year-old, married woman and mother of three children, Mrs. Myrna F. is struggling to generate her own income to help her husband combat their poverty. She manages her own sari-sari store in her residence and in addition she cultivates different kinds of vegetables and root crops in her backyard, for their own consumption and for sale. She brings her children along to the garden for the help they can provide. Her sacrifices are for her children's education. She is hoping that some day they will be uplifted by virtue of their own hard work.
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.