A loan of $2,350 helped a member to purchase additional ingredients to cook more dishes and snacks to sell.

Gemma's Group's story

Gemma Y. is from the village of Tandul, Cabatuan, Isabela. She is 37 years old. Gemma is the group leader of a 8-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.

Gemma is married and has three school-aged children. To make a living, Gemma owns & operates a business venture in the food sector running a food stall. While not the only means for generating revenue, the main source of income for the business comes from tending a canteen near the school. Gemma has been engaged in her business for over 2 years and earns approximately 8000 PHP a month for these activities.

In 2008, Gemma joined ASKI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Gemma has successfully repaid a previous loan of 14,000 PHP from ASKI. This previous loan was used to purchase additional products to sell. Gemma is requesting a new loan of 25,000 PHP which will be used to purchase additional ingredients to cook more dishes and snacks to sell. This will be the 7th loan taken out by Gemma from ASKI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to supplement the family's income.

About ASKI:

ASKI is one of the most successful microfinance institutions in the Philippines. It has 38 branches covering the Central and Northeastern areas. Its clients are mostly of farmers, fisherfolk and small entrepreneurs.

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In this group: Gemma, Maribel, Naida, Leilanie, Francisca, Gloria, Esterlita, Warlito

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