Elena is married, has one child, and lives in Maloro, Tangub City. She owns and runs a carenderia business (restaurant) and earns approximately 1,000 PHP each day doing this work. She has requested a loan to buy additional kilos of meat for her business. Elena has been a member of PMPC for five years. In the future, Elena hopes to improve her living conditions.
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.