A loan of $4,650 helped a member to purchase additional products to sell.

Marites' Group's story

Marites L. is from the village of Cabaruan. She is 37 years old. Marites is the group leader of a 25-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. The official name of this borrowing group is 'Marites L.'s Group'.

Marites is married and has 4 school-aged children. To make a living, Marites owns & operates a specialized retail store. While not the only means for generating revenue, the main source of income for the business comes from selling bottled gasoline in the local community. Marites has been engaged in her business for over 3 years and earns approximately 36,000 PHP a month for these activities.

In 2009, Marites joined ASKI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Marites has successfully repaid a previous loan of 7,000 PHP from ASKI. This previous loan was used to purchase additional products to sell. Marites is requesting a new loan of 10,000 PHP which will be used to purchase additional products to sell. This will be the third loan taken out by Marites from ASKI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/expand her business.

About ASKI:

ASKI is one of the most successful microfinance institutions in the Philippines. It has 25 branches covering the Central and Northeastern areas. Its clients are mostly of farmers, fisherfolk and small entrepreneurs.

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In this group: Marites, Agnes, Aurora, Clarita, Consolacion, Elsa*, Ester, Estrella, Eufrecenia, Eugenio*, Evelyn, Gina, Imelda, Jocelyn, Juliet, Leonora, Lina, Seferina, Mary, Melba, Mely, Merlinda, Monico*, Olive, Rosalina
*not pictured

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