Maria A. is from the village of San Roque, Enrile, Cagayan. She is 49 years old. Maria is married and has 5 school-aged children. To make a living, Maria owns and operates a tailoring business. While not the only means for generating revenue, the main source of income for the business comes primarily from providing general alteration & tailoring services to local community members. Maria has been engaged in her business for over 10 years and earns approximately 7,000 PHP a month for these activities.
In 2009, Maria joined ASKI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Maria has successfully repaid a previous loan of 10,000 PHP from ASKI. Maria is requesting a new loan of 12,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase additional fabrics & materials. This loan will be the third loan taken out by Maria from ASKI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to pay the tuition fees of her children.
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.