Lucena is 57 years of age. She is thankful because she has been blessed with three children. Lucena is widowed for 13 years. She says that being single is very difficult but, Lucena makes her best to meet their needs. She is engaged in hog-raising business for 20 years and earns approximately PHP 8,000 every four months. She says that the most tiresome part is to clean the piggery every day. Aside from it, Lucena also engaged in her sari-sari store for two years for their additional income. She dreams to lift her family from poor living, that’s why she works hard through her businesses. She wants also to provide the necessities needed of her pigs, therefore she avail a loan amount P10,000 to buy feed, vaccine and vitamins for her pigs. She hopes this will make them fit and nourish to provide higher sales at disposing time, and she hopes to grow her business to secure her family living.
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.