Wilma lives in Datu Atangkilan, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte in the Philippines. She is 46 years old, married and the mother of four children. She earns a living by running a sari-sari or general store, which helps her husband meet the basic needs of their family. In 2007, Wilma joined the Paglaum Cooperative and has attended various training and continuous-education programs at our organization. Starting with capitalization of PHP 3,000, she was able to expand her business with help from the Paglaum Cooperative. Aside from financial assistance, she was able to generate savings and enjoys other benefits provided by the co-op. Wilma has taken out previous loans and paid all her obligations in a timely manner. She is now requesting a loan for PHP 50,000 to restock her store with basic commodities. In the future, she wants to own a mini-mart, 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.