Merlita L. is from the village of Allinguigan 3rd. She is 44 years old. Merlita is married and has five school-aged children. To make a living, Merlita owns and operates a general store. The main source of income for the business comes primarily from selling a variety of different products such as biscuits, canned goods, and soap in the local community. Merlita has been engaged in her business for more than seven years and earns approximately 4200 PHP a month for these activities.
In 2009, Merlita joined ASKI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and her ability to engage in business activities. Merlita has successfully repaid a previous loan of 14000 PHP from ASKI. This previous loan was used to purchase additional products to sell. Merlita is requesting a new loan of 18000 PHP, which will also be used to purchase additional products to sell. This loan will be the sixth loan taken out by Merlita from ASKI. 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, fishers, and small-business 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.