Shirley is widow, who lives in Northern Pob. Calamba. Her five adult-aged children now living independently. Shirley makes and sells "sampaloc" (tamarind) candy as her primary business. She has been making candy for 10 years and earns a monthly net income of about 5,000 Philippine pesos (PHP).
In 2004, Shirley joined Kiva field partner PMPC to gain access to financial services with the hopes of improving her living situation and her ability to engage in business activities. Shirley successfully repaid her previous loan of 30,000 PHP, and this will be her 15th loan from PMPC. Shirley is requesting a new loan of 37,000 PHP which will be used to purchase raw ingredients needed to make her candy.
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.