Maria is married with seven children. She is 61 years old and lives in Gango, Ozamiz City, Philippines. Maria is a retailer of bags, cosmetic products and fashion jewelries to earn a living. She has been doing this for 20 years. She has requested a loan of 50,000 Philippine pesos to purchase additional products.
Maria has been a member of Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PMPC) for six years. In the future, Maria hopes to save more and 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.