Merlinda is from the village of San Roque, Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte. She is 48 years old. Merlinda is married and has six school-aged children. To make a living, Merlinda makes and sells food. Merlinda has been engaged in her business for over five years and earns approximately 1,000 Philippines pesos (PHP) a month for these activities.
In 2010, Merlinda joined PMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Merlinda has successfully repaid a previous loan of 3,000 PHP from PMPC.
Merlinda is requesting a new loan of 3,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase raw ingredients for her snack-vending business. This will be the second loan taken out by Merlinda from PMPC. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to supplement her family's income.
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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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About Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative
Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PMPC) was founded in 1992 by the beneficiaries, parents and staff of the Paglaum Community Development Foundation to address economic and livelihood activities for sustainability. The organization operates in the northwestern provinces of Mindanao and Visayas.
In the local vernacular, “paglaum” means “hope.” The initial foundation is dedicated to child development through a holistic approach. The goal is to build self-reliance and expand opportunity so the poorest of the poor can help themselves.