Sofronio is from the village of Sta. Filomena. He is 48 years old, married, and has four children. Sofronio Jr. owns and operates a coffee farm. He has been engaged in this business for over three years and earns approximately 5,000 Philippine pesos (PHP) a month. He has requested a loan of 30,000 PHP to purchase fertilizers for his coffee farm.
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.