Joana D. is from the village of Brgy. Calaocan, Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya. She is 34 years old. Joana is married and has five school-aged children. To make a living, Joana sells fruits and vegetables in the local community. Joana has been engaged in her business for over five years and earns approximately 2,700 PHP a month for these activities.
In 2010, Joana joined ASKI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Joana is requesting a loan of 5,000 PHP which will be used to purchase additional products to sell. This loan is Joana's first loan from ASKI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to pay the tuition fees for 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 of 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.