Shirley said gardening is a great source of exercise; it gives the sense of excitement when they begin to bear flowers and it helps us to relax her and free her from stresses in life. She currently grows vegetables such as eggplant, string beans, okra, and bitter gourd on her 3,000 square meter vegetable plot. Aside from growing vegetables in her backyard, Shirley is also engaged in a hog-raising business.
Shirley is married and has two grown-up children. Both of her children have settled for marriage and are living separately with their spouses. Right now, she spent most of her time in raising her vegetables because she would like to succeed and become a better entrepreneur someday. Everyday, she wakes up early in the morning to water the plants and clean its surroundings to be able to avoid insects and pest that attack it, which allows them to produce good flowers and fruits. Sometimes, Shirley sells her vegetables house-to-house and through contact buyers from other towns and near her village.
Shirley would like to take out for a loan amount of PHP 10,000 allowing her to buy additional vegetables to sell within her local community. She hopes that she can satisfy her costumer demand and be able to encourage more buyers for her vegetables. In this way, she could obtain a stable source of income and improve their way of 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.