A loan of $325 helped to expand the business.


Helen's story

Helen S. is from the village of Polo Pitogo. She is 34 years old. Helen is married and has three school-aged children. To make a living, Helen owns & operates a fishing business. While not the only means for generating revenue, the main source of income for the business comes primarily from harvesting & selling ocean-caught fish in the local community. Helen has been engaged in her business for over four years and earns approximately 2,500 PHP a month for these activities.

In 2001, Helen joined PMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Helen has successfully repaid a previous loan of 20,000 PHP from PMPC. This previous loan was used to purchase fishing equipment including hooks & nets. Helen is requesting a new loan of 15000 PHP, which will be used to invest in expanding the business. This loan will be the 14th loan taken out by Helen from PMPC. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve the general living conditions of her family.

About PMPC:

Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PMPC) is one of the most progressive cooperatives in northwestern Mindanao. It reaches out to the rural poor using the Grameen model.

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