Bernalyn F. is from the village of Brgy. Bonfal Proper, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya. She is twenty-two years old. Bernalyn is married and has one infant child. To make a living, Bernalyn owns and operates a general store in the retail sector. While not the only means for generating revenue, the main source of income for her business comes primarily from selling food daily-use products in the local community. Bernalyn has been engaged in her business for over three years and earns approximately 6,000 PHP a month for these activities.
In 2010, Bernalyn joined ASKI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Bernalyn is requesting a new loan of 10,000 PHP, which she will use to purchase additional products to sell. This will be Bernalyn's first loan from ASKI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve the general living conditions of her family.
ASKI is one of the most successful microfinance institutions in the Philippines. It has twenty-five branches covering the central and northeastern areas. Its clients are mostly farmers, fisherfolks, and small entrepreneurs.
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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.