Hardworking and industrious, Mariafe B. is 24 years old, a single mother of one child and presently lives at Tudela, Misamis Occidental. She joined PAGLAUM last April 2009 to secure financial assistance for her sari-sari store to buy additional stock such as laundry items, seasonings, goodies, toiletries, drinks and other household items. She aims to have a successful business with a concrete store and to provide for her child to finish a college degree and have a good future.
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.