Margie B. is from the village of Larion Bajo, Tuguegarao City. She is 44 years old. Margie is married and has four school-aged children. To make a living, Margie owns & operates a business venture in the manufacturing sector. While not the only means for generating revenue, the main source of income for the business comes primarily from manufacturing knives (blacksmith) and selling them in the community. Margie has been engaged in her business for over 12 years and earns approximately 4200 PHP a month for these activities.
In 2005, Margie joined ASKI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Margie has successfully repaid a previous loan of 15000 PHP from ASKI. Margie is requesting a new loan of 18000 PHP which will be used to purchase raw materials to manufacture additional products. This loan will be the 7th loan taken out by Margie from ASKI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to financially support immediate members of her family.
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.