A loan of $1,975 helped a member to purchase new items to expand her product offering.

Mercedes' Group's story

Mercedes D. C. is from Barangay Paniki, Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya. She is 46 years old and is the group leader of a ten-member group loan offered by ASKI. While each member of the group receives an individual loan, they are all collectively responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members if someone is delinquent or defaults.

Mercedes is widowed and has four adult children. She owns and operates a general store, selling a variety of different products in the local community. She has been engaged in her business for over ten years and earns approximately 8,000 PHP a month.

In 2006, Mercedes joined ASKI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and her ability to engage in business activities. She has successfully repaid a previous loan of 5,000 PHP from ASKI. This previous loan was used to purchase additional products to sell.

Mercedes is requesting a new loan of 8,000 PHP which will be used to purchase new items to expand her product offering. This loan will be her ninth from ASKI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve the general living conditions of her family.

About ASKI:
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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In this group: Mercedes, Anita, Jenalyn, Carmelita, Eden, Mirriam Joy, Gloria, Marina, Jennylyn, Corazon

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