Merly is 47 years old, married, and has six school-age children.
She has been engaged in snack vending for seven years with a monthly income of PHP 5,000. She joined Paglaum in 2004 and applied for a loan to purchase additional ingredients for snack vending. A portion of her loan will be used to pay for labor in cultivating their land for a garden to have additional income. The profit she earns will be used to support the education of her children.
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.