"A brave single mother" best describes Aubrey V., a resident of Migcanaway, Tangub City. She is blessed with one child who is now one year old. She is able to support her child through her business, which is a sari-sari store. For two years, she has been able to maintain this business even in times of economic crisis. At this time she is earning an average net income of PHP 2,000 a month from sales. She is also receiving monthly support from her brother who is now working abroad. Aubrey is requesting another loan from Paglaum MPC. This will be her second loan to be funded by Kiva. She hopes to receive the loan to buy additional inventory for her sari-sari store. She wants to see her child be able to finish studying through the support of her business.
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.