Sante is a hard-working man. At 47 years old, he is married and lives happily under his own humble roof. Ever since he was very young, Sante has lived surrounded by neighbors and friends who dedicate themselves to agriculture, so he grew up accustomed to the labors of the field and still grows rice and corn. When he was 20 years old, Sante had to take the reins as head of the family and look after his little brothers after his father died. This was how he came to dedicate his life to farming. While the crops were growing, Sante would also work as a laborer in other people's farms and as a bricklayer, so that he could ensure his little brothers' education could continue. Sante is very reliable. With the money, Sante will be able to buy seed to grow and fertilizers to enrich the soil for the crops he plans to harvest in September. He will also pay hired laborers for their help in sowing, cultivating, and harvesting the crop.
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.