Merlinda is married with four children. She is 47 years old and lives in Goin, Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte.
Merlinda sells a variety of products to earn a living and has had this business for two years. Each month, she earns 2000 PHP doing this type of work. She has requested a loan of 14,900 PHP to purchase more stock for her general store such as shampoo, toothpaste, soap, etc.
Merlinda has been a member of PMPC for three years. In the future, Merlinda hopes to expand her business.
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.