Merlinda F. is from the village of Calaran, Calamba. She is 47 years old, married and has 5 children, two are adult-aged and three are school-aged. To make a living, Merlinda owns & operates a business venture in the agriculture sector planting assorted crops to sell. While not the only means for generating revenue, the main source of income for the family is from the salary of her husband as a private driver. Merlinda has been engaged in her business for over 18 years and earns approximately 3,200 PHP a month for these activities.
In 2005, Merlinda joined PMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Merlinda has successfully repaid a previous loan of 2,000 PHP from PMPC. This previous loan was used for personal purposes. Merlinda is requesting a new loan of 30,000 PHP which will be used to purchase housing materials. This loan will be the 19th loan taken out by Merlinda from PMPC.
Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PMPC is one of the most progressive cooperatives in northwestern Mindanao. It reaches out to the rural poor using the Grameen model.
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About Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative
Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PMPC) was founded in 1992 by the beneficiaries, parents and staff of the Paglaum Community Development Foundation to address economic and livelihood activities for sustainability. The organization operates in the northwestern provinces of Mindanao and Visayas.
In the local vernacular, “paglaum” means “hope.” The initial foundation is dedicated to child development through a holistic approach. The goal is to build self-reliance and expand opportunity so the poorest of the poor can help themselves.