Gemma is 43 years old and lives in Tamban, Pta. Miray, Baliangao. She is a widow with 2 children. Gemma has a shop that sells assorted grocery items and beverages. She has had this business for 10 years. She requested a loan to pay for her child's education. She has been a member of PMPC for 6 years.
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.