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Maricar T. owns a "sari-sari" (little general store) in Southern Poblacion, Plaridel, Misamis Occidental. She is 47 years of age, married to Shandy, and gifted with 3 adorable children. Shandy is working but Maricar is helping the family out with her little store and a sideline of selling meat and poultry products. The store is continuously doing well with their neighbors as their potential market.

As Paglaum MPC is reaching out to its members to have micro-entrepreneurship training, Maricar is truly benefited. With the constant reminders of the cooperative, she is disciplined to pay her 10 loan cycles on time. The PHP 20,000 she has requested is guaranteed never to be defaulted.

Maricar dreams of growing her little "sari-sari" into a real grocery store. She also hopes to have her children get a good education. But she prays most of all that their business will last.

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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.

About Philippines

  • $7,000
    Average annual income
  • 1603
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $60,713,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 49.0
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $425 helped Maricar to purchase additional bottled and canned goods for her "sari-sari".
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 28, 2008
Dec 1, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 15, 2009