Jelina A. is from the village of Minaog, Dipolog City but she operates her business in Poblacion, La Libertad, Zamboanga del Norte. She is 57 years-old and married with one adult child. To make a living, Jelina owns and operates a general store selling a variety of grocery products. She also sells soft drinks in the local community. Jelina has been engaged in her business for over four years and earns approximately 10,000 PHP a month.
In 2009, Jelina joined Kiva partner PMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Jelina has successfully repaid a previous loan of 50,000 PHP from PMPC. This previous loan was used to purchase additional inventory and working capital. Jelina is requesting a new loan of 50,000 PHP which will be used as additional working capital for her soft drink selling business. This loan will be the second loan taken out by Jelina from PMPC and through Kiva. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve and expand the business.
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.