Darwin, a 38-year-old married father of four, lives in Comunal, Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte, where he has operated a general store to make a living for 10 years, each month earning PHP 15000. A member of PMPC for two years, he has requested a loan of PHP 30000 to purchase more stock to sell such as toothpastes, soaps,shampoos, etc.
In the future, Darwin hopes to expand his 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.