Mary Grace is an active member of PMPC under the individual program. She is 19 years of age, single, and a resident of Bagacay, Larena, Siquijor. She has been engaged in buying and selling recycled materials for over five years, earning an average monthly income of 8,000 PHP. She took another loan through PMPC to purchase more recycled materials to increase volume of sales and income. She plans to use the profit to expand the business and save for the 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.