Gina R. is from the village of San Jose. She is 42 years old. Gina is married and has four school-aged children. To make a living, Gina plants and harvests rice for sale. Gina has been engaged in her business for more than 25 years and earns approximately 37000 PHP per crop.
In 2006, Gina joined ASKI to gain access to financial services to help improve her business and living situation. Gina has successfully repaid a previous loan of 32000 PHP from ASKI. This previous loan was used to purchase additional seeds, seedlings and young crops to raise. Gina is requesting a new loan of 35000 PHP, which she will use to purchase fertilizers such as manure. This will be the tenth loan Gina has taken from ASKI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the loan 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, fisherfolk 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.