With his skills in carving and carpentry, Edgar started up his own furniture shop. Since their community is situated in a mountainous place, soft woods which he used in making furniture are available.
For almost ten years in his business, he always makes his customers satisfied with his work. Most of his finished products include wooden chairs, tables, cabinets, drawers, dining tables, living room show cases and other wooden sets.
To further improve his business, he is hoping to borrow Php5, 000.00 as additional working capital. He intends to buy soft woods, varnish, sandpaper that he needed in making furniture to meet the orders of his customers not only in their community but also in other places.
According to Edgar, he considers every piece of furniture as a masterpiece of his skilful hands. He always gives his best to improve the quality of furniture he is offering to his customers. He dreams that through his business, he can support the education of his four children until they reach college.
About Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc.
This loan is made possible by Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc. (ASKI), which means “a partner in development.” ASKI has been in operation for 25 years and runs multiple successful initiatives in addition to microlending. Its main microfinance branch focuses on lending to microentrepreneurs, small farmers, and fisher folk. ASKI also provides microinsurance and marketing support for borrowers, as well as educational programs to develop the skills of both borrowers and staff. The ASKI Foundation funds community development projects such as a daycare feeding program and scholarships for children. ASKI Global helps overseas Filipinos develop entrepreneurial and financial skills to maximize the impact of remittances.