Bienvenido M. is from the village of San Pedro, Alicia, Isabela. He is 45 years old, is married, and has three adult children.
Bienvenido owns and operates a business planting and harvesting rice for sale. He has been engaged in his business for over twenty years and earns approximately 20,000 every cropping.
In 2008, Bienvenido joined ASKI to gain access to financial services to help improve his living situation and his ability to engage in business activities. He is requesting a new loan of 30,000 PHP which will be used to purchase fertilizer such as manure. This loan will be his fourth from ASKI. He plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve the general living conditions of his family.
ASKI is one of the most successful microfinance institutions in the Philippines. It has twenty-one branches covering the Central and Northeastern areas. Its clients are mostly of farmers, fisherfolk and small entrepreneurs.
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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.