Merlina S. is from the village of Olango. She is 37 years old. Merlina is married and has two school-aged children. To make a living, Merlina raises pigs for fattening and sale. Merlina has been engaged in her business for over one year and earns approximately 3000 PHP when she sells her animals.
In 2009, Merlina joined ASKI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Merlina has successfully repaid a previous loan of 8000 PHP from ASKI. This previous loan was used to purchase livestock feed and other supplies. Merlina is requesting a new loan of 7000 PHP which will also be used to purchase livestock feed and other supplies. This will be Merlina's third loan from ASKI. She plans to use the additional revenue to improve and 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.