Marcial S. is from the village of Mapuroc, San Mateo. He is 38 years old, married and has two school-aged children. To make a living, Marcial plants and harvests rice for sale. Marcial has been in this business for over 20 years and earns approximately 7,000 Philippine pesos (PHP) a month.
In 2010, Marcial joined ASKI to gain access to financial services to help improve his living conditions and enable him to engage in business activities. Marcial is requesting a loan of 22,000 PHP which will be used to purchase additional seeds, seedlings and young crops to raise. This will be his first loan from ASKI. He plans to use additional income to improve and expand his business.
ASKI is one of the most successful microfinance institutions in the Philippines. It has 38 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.