Marleen is 31 years old and lives in Camalaniugan. She is married and has two children. For the past two years of being married, life has been a bit difficult for her. Now, to help her husband in acquiring income, she is engaged in a direct selling business. She offers perfumes, make-up and brand-name underwear. To promote her business, she is requesting a loan of PHP 5,000 to buy more perfumes which are in demand, make-up, lipstick and whitening soap. She believes that with these products, she could earn more income to provide them a better living.
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.