Amalia B., 42 years old, is married and lives at San Pedro, Dapitan City. She is blessed with 9 children, and only 5 are in school. Her husband is a driver and sometimes a laborer at Pier, Dapitan City.
They really experience crisis in their family, especially with financial matters. It is not easy to raise 9 children, and they need to sacrifice and work very hard for them to be able to eat. She joined Paglaum on April 27, 2007, and the loan she availed was used to open a sari-sari store in front of their house. They generate income from this, and she is able to send some of her children to school.
Just this January 16, 2009, she got a loan of 14,500 for the purpose of expanding her sari-sari store business, and she wants to add more grocery items, school supplies and other items to her store.
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.