A loan of $550 helped to purchase new items in order to expand her store's product offering.

Marilou's story

Marilou G., age 40, is from the village of Rang-Ayan. She and her husband have three school-aged children. To make a living, Marilou runs a general store, selling a variety of different products in the local community. Marilou has been engaged in her business for over 14 years and earns approximately 10,000 PHP a month for these activities.

In 2006, Marilou joined ASKI to gain access to financial services. She hoped to help improve her living situation and increase her ability to engage in business activities. Marilou has successfully repaid a previous loan of 20,000 PHP from ASKI. This previous loan was used to purchase additional products to sell. Marilou is now requesting a new loan of 25,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase new items, with the goal of expanding her store's product offering. This loan will be the ninth loan taken out by Marilou from ASKI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to pay the tuition fees of her children.

About ASKI:

ASKI is one of the most successful microfinance institutions in the Philippines. It has 29 branches covering the Central and Northeastern areas. Its clients are mostly of farmers, fisherfolk, and small entrepreneurs.

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