Maria G. is from the village of Del Pilar, Cabatuan, Isabela. She is 57 years old. Maria is married. To make a living, Maria runs a general store. The main source of income for the business comes from selling both food and daily-use products in the local community. Maria has been engaged in her business for over four years and earns approximately 4,000 Philippine pesos (PHP) a month from it.
In 2008, Maria joined ASKI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Maria has successfully repaid a previous loan of 8,000 PHP from ASKI. This previous loan was used to purchase additional inventory and as working capital.
Maria is requesting a new loan of 10,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase additional products to sell. This will be the fifth loan taken out by Maria from ASKI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to supplement the family's income.
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.