A loan of $850 helped to purchase raw ingredients used to make tamarind candy.

Shirley's story

Shirley is widow, who lives in Northern Pob. Calamba. Her five adult-aged children now living independently. Shirley makes and sells "sampaloc" (tamarind) candy as her primary business. She has been making candy for 10 years and earns a monthly net income of about 5,000 Philippine pesos (PHP).

In 2004, Shirley joined Kiva field partner PMPC to gain access to financial services with the hopes of improving her living situation and her ability to engage in business activities. Shirley successfully repaid her previous loan of 30,000 PHP, and this will be her 15th loan from PMPC. Shirley is requesting a new loan of 37,000 PHP which will be used to purchase raw ingredients needed to make her candy.

About PMPC:

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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