Lolita is 51 years old and married with four school-age children. She is residing at Barangay Baybay, Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental. Lolita is a business woman with an internet cafe business. She also owns a fishing boat as well as a rice and a corn farm. She has been a member of Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative for three years. Lolita applied for a loan to pay for land preparation and purchase farm inputs. She is hoping to improve living conditions by using the profits of the business.
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.