Criselda is 40 years old and married to Romeo, a local farmer. They have three children: Michael, 14; Jerico, 10; and Aprilyn, 7. They live simply in Barangay Parog - Parog Solana, Cagayan. In order to support their family's needs, Criselda and her husband help each other in their vegetable production and vending business.
Romeo maintains the vegetable production and Criselda sells their harvested vegetables. She roams around their village to sell different kinds of vegetables. Their business provides them with an income that is being wisely budgeted by Criselda to keep up with her family's needs. She wants to borrow PHP 8,000 from Kiva lenders, which will improve their quality of life.
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.