Being fond of gardening, Lucena S. ventures in a vegetable-garden business. According to her, aside from gardening, she also dreams of having a vegetable-vending stall in their village, thus she is requesting PHP 5,000 from Kiva for her to start her store. She is very optimistic that, through the loan, she can start another business for the welfare of her family.
Lucena is a woman with strong determination to face all the challenges in life. Aside from being a business-minded person, Lucena is truly a faithful and loving wife to her husband, Ofelio. They are able to nurture their six children, three of whom are already married. On the other hand, another two were forced to quit schooling because of poverty. Thus their youngest child is the only one attending school.
About Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc.
This loan is made possible by Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc. (ASKI), which means “a partner in development.” ASKI has been in operation for 25 years and runs multiple successful initiatives in addition to microlending. Its main microfinance branch focuses on lending to microentrepreneurs, small farmers, and fisher folk. ASKI also provides microinsurance and marketing support for borrowers, as well as educational programs to develop the skills of both borrowers and staff. The ASKI Foundation funds community development projects such as a daycare feeding program and scholarships for children. ASKI Global helps overseas Filipinos develop entrepreneurial and financial skills to maximize the impact of remittances.