Wilfreda M. is from the city of Dapitan. She is 46, married and has 2 school-aged children. To make a living, Wilfreda owns & operates a blacksmith business. Her main source of income comes from manufacturing & selling iron products to local businesses and community members. Wilfreda has been engaged in her business for over 5 years and earns approximately 4,000 PHP a month for these activities.
In 2006, Wilfreda joined PMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Wilfreda repaid a previous loan of 14,000 PHP from PMPC, which she used to purchase raw materials to manufacture additional products. Wilfreda is requesting a new loan of 14,000 PHP which will be used for the same purpose. This loan will be the 7th loan taken out by Wilfreda from PMPC. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve the general living conditions of her family.
Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PMPC is one of the most progressive cooperatives in northwestern Mindanao. It reaches out to the rural poor using the Grameen model.
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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.