Orlino is 27 and married. He lives with his partner in the Ugad province of Isabela. He works hard as a farmer to support his family. He grows crops on a plot that is near the house where he lives. Farming, which he learned from his parents many years ago, was his first job and has allowed him to earn enough money to help pay for household expenses.
Orlino has 10 years of agricultural experience and now needs a loan of PHP 15,000 to buy rice seeds and organic fertilizers for the best harvest season of the year and also to plow other sections and plant more crops. He dreams of building a house to improve his family's standard of living, as they still live with his parents.
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.