Joan V. is from the village of Cabaruan. She is 34 years old and is married with five school-aged children.
Joan owns and operates a business planting and harvesting a variety of vegetables for sale. She has been engaged in her business for over ten years and earns approximately 5,000 PHP a month.
In 2009, Joan joined ASKI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and her ability to engage in business activities. She has successfully repaid a previous loan from ASKI. This previous loan was used to purchase additional seeds, seedlings and young crops to raise.
Joan is requesting a new loan of 13,000 PHP which will again be used to purchase additional seeds, seedlings and young crops to raise. This loan will be her 4th from ASKI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve and expand her business.
ASKI is one of the most successful microfinance institutions in the Philippines. It has twenty-one branches covering the Central and Northeastern areas. Its clients are mostly of farmers, fisherfolk 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.