Emelena is married with eight children. She is 51 years old and lives in Baybay, Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte.
To earn a living, Emelena has a a boarding house and internet cafe business. She has run this business for three years. Each month, she earns approximately 10,000 PHP. She has requested a loan of 35,000 PHP to purchase materials for her boarding house. Emelena has been a member of PMPC for over two years.
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.