Jocelyn, a 42-year-old married mother of eight, lives in Villaramos, Manukan Zamboanga del Norte. Despite hardships in raising her family, this industrious woman finds herself plowing her rice field and planting vegetables and other crops.
In need of additional capital, Jocelyn joined Paglaum Cooperative and has thus far received several loans; she is now requesting a new one for PHP 25,000.00 to pay for fertilizers and labor costs involved in cultivating the land.
Being an MIGS member (Member in Good Standing) of the cooperative, Jocelyn has been able to manage her income, providing for the daily needs of her family. She is very thankful, for were it not for Paglaum, she might not have any savings at all nor be guided properly in her finances.
Jocelyn hopes to own more rice fields someday to finance the education of her children.
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.