Betchie Pearl is 24 years old, single, and a resident of North Poblacion, Siquijor, on Siquijor island in the Philippines. She has run a sari-sari general store located in a public market for a period of three years.
Betchie Pearl joined PMPC in March 2012 so that she could access finances to support her business. She has applied for another loan to purchase more grocery stocks to offer to her customers. She is planning to save the profit for her future.
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.