Arlyn is 32 years old, married and a resident of Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental, Mindanao in the Philippines. Her husband is a tricycle driver. They have 5 children, of which 2 are in school. Starting with capital of PHP 3,000, she opened a Sari-Sari (General Store) and was able to expand it with the help of Paglaum Cooperative. Apart from financial assistance, she was able to generate savings and enjoys the benefit given by the co-op. She became a member last April 2013 and has taken her first loan.
Now, she is applying for PHP 25,000 to buy additional stocks for her Sari-Sari (General Store), particularly basic commodities. In the future, Arlyn wants to own a mini-mart someday, and will be fully satisfied if she sees her children finish their studies.
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.