At 64, Marilyn is active in managing her small business selling commercial feed in her village. She is married to Orlando, a farmer, and they have four children. They live a simple life in the mountainous village of Cabisea 27 Hacienda San Antonio.
Marilyn is requesting a loan amount of 12,000 PHP, which she intends to invest in her business. She is also planning to put up a small village store if she still has extra capital. However, her main priority at the moment is to utilize the loan to buy sacks of feed for her business and rice mill. She hopes to improve her business and to sustain their resources for the benefit of her children. She also hopes to continue to support her children's studies. She said that, in order to achieve this, they need to work harder.
About Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc.
This loan is made possible by Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc. (ASKI), which means “a partner in development.” ASKI has been in operation for 25 years and runs multiple successful initiatives in addition to microlending. Its main microfinance branch focuses on lending to microentrepreneurs, small farmers, and fisher folk. ASKI also provides microinsurance and marketing support for borrowers, as well as educational programs to develop the skills of both borrowers and staff. The ASKI Foundation funds community development projects such as a daycare feeding program and scholarships for children. ASKI Global helps overseas Filipinos develop entrepreneurial and financial skills to maximize the impact of remittances.