Nicolas G. is 26 years old and widely thought of as very determined to fulfill his dreams for his family. With his talent and skills, he is sure that he can uplift their lives from poverty.
He is married to Shery and has three children: Shery-Ann – 6 years old and a day-care student; Flora – 4 years old; and Nicolas Jr, one month old. His family lives in the rural and flat area of Malamag East, where vegetable planting and clean and green programs are the main projects being implemented in their village and other villages. Sometimes, floods strike in their village when excessive rains and typhoons take place.
Nicolas manages a small furniture shop which is his only source of income. He wants a better life for his family and hopes to achieve this by improving his business. In order to do so, he has applied for a loan which he will use to buy materials such as wood.
Nicolas works hard for the success of his business. He is very optimistic that he can achieve his dreams and he believes that God is good all of the time.
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.