Belen is married with two children. Belen is 44 years of age and lives in Upper Bag-ong Tudela Josefina Zamboanga del Sur. Belen has a general store business to earn a living and has had this business for seven (7) years. Each month, she earns 5,000 PHP doing this type of business. She has requested a loan to purchase more stock for her general store such as shampoo, toothpaste, soap, vinegar, and salt. Belen has been a member of Paglaum MPC for almost two years. In the future, Belen hopes to expand the inventory of the store.
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.