Nida B. is 40 years old and lives in the village of Highway Lawis with her husband and their three school-aged children. To earn a living, she makes furniture for local businesses and her neighbors. Nida has been in this business for over 12 years and earns approximately 7,000 PHP a month from her work.
In 2000, she joined PMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her life and ability to engage in business. She has successfully repaid eleven previous loans, and has applied for a new loan to buy supplies she needs to make more furniture. She plans to use the additional revenue generated by her business to improve her family's living conditions.
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.