Bonita A. is from the village of San Agustin, Sto. Tomas, Pangasinan. She is 43 years old, married and has 3 school-aged children. Bonita owns and operates a general store, selling a variety of different products in the local community. Bonita has been involved in her business for over 7 years and earns approximately 9,000 PHP a month from it. Bonita also has a junk shop which is being managed by her husband.
In 2008, Bonita joined ASKI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Bonita has successfully repaid a previous loan of 15,000 PHP from ASKI, which was used to purchase new items to expand her product offerings. Bonita is requesting a new loan, her 5th, of 30,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase additional products to sell. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/expand her business.
ASKI is one of the most successful microfinance institutions in the Philippines. It has 29 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.