Julio G. is from the village of Bayabo East, Tumauini, Isabela. He is 59 years old. Julio is married and has 12 school-aged children. To make a living, Julio owns and operates a business venture in the agriculture sector raising crops. The main source of income for the business comes from planting and harvesting rice to sell. Julio has been engaged in his business for over fifteen years and earns approximately $340 per harvest for this activity.
Julio joined ASKI to gain access to financial services to help improve his living situation and his ability to engage in business activities. Julio is requesting a new loan of 30,000 PHP which will be used to purchase additional seeds, seedlings and young crops to raise. This will be his sixth loan from ASKI. He plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to financially support immediate members of his family.
ASKI is one of the most successful micro-finance institutions in the Philippines. It has 25 branches covering the Central and Northeastern areas. Its clients are mostly 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.