Melanie Ann, age 24, is happy tending her little store. She is single with one child who is in school. The store is her means of earning a living in support to her family. Fortunately, her store is located in a populous neighborhood and so she makes promising daily sales. Melanie Ann keeps running the store well even though there is increased competition from other stores. Melanie Ann believes that with PMPC's support, as a family they will beat the competition.
Melanie Ann has been a new member of Paglaum MPC. She has applied for a loan of PHP 30,000 for the store. Expanding her inventory will mean additional income. She has confidence that she can maintain the label of member in good standing. She is a hardworking mother and wishes to sustain the store and from there a good education she could afford for her child.
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.