Esterlinda is 58 years old, married and a resident of Don Jose Aguirre, Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines.They have four children,of whom all are in school. Starting with working capital of 10,000 PHP, Esterlinda opened a small grocery with a focus on a soft drinks dealership. She was granted a loan to pay for additional cases of soft drinks to sell. She is very thankful for the help of Paglaum Cooperative especially since it gives her additional income to send her children to school. Aside from financial assistance, she was able to generate savings and enjoys the benefits given by the coop.
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.