Leah O. is from the village of Libertad Alto, Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental. She is 50 years old. Leah is married and has four adult children. To make a living, Leah sells a variety of dry goods. Leah has been engaged in her business for over 20 years and earns approximately 3,200 Philippine pesos a month for these activities.
In 2007, Leah joined PMPC, a Kiva partner, to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Leah has successfully repaid a previous loan of 6,000 PHP from PMPC. This previous loan was used to purchase additional inventory and as working capital. Leah is requesting a new loan of 12,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase additional products to sell. This will be the fifth loan taken out by Leah from PMPC. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/expand her business.
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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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.