Lucena, age 44, operates a general store business to earn an income. She lives with her husband and child in San Juan, Panaon, Misamis Occidental.
Lucena has been a member of PMPC for almost nine years. She has requested a loan in order to purchase more stock for her general store, such as shampoo, toothpaste, soap, salt, and vinegar.
In the future, Lucena hopes to expand her business.
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.