ASKI Client Story
Self-reliance is the name of the game for Gracelyn Dupingay, a 24- year old single parent from Banaue, Ifugao. She was only 12 years old when her father died and her mother can barely provide for her and for her three siblings. While still at school, Gracelyn had to start working in order to contribute to the families income. Her mother was into wood-carving and thatīs where Gracelyn got involved herself too. Their family owned a small handicrafts shop selling carved woodwork, from small penholders to folded chairs. Gracelyn, still being a student, was able to finish high school while working. However, continuing her education at college was no option due to the financial situation of her family.

Having experienced what it means to work for the sake of her family, Gracelyn, 21 then, had to face another challenge when she gave birth to his son Mark Daniel. The father, however, abandoned her and left Gracelyn with the responsibility of raising a child while working. But Gracelyn proved to be tougher than her life challenges. Her involvement in the family business since childhood taught her what it means to run a business. More importantly, she knows to whom she is doing it for, why she works till late in the evening and why she continues to smile even to different customers. Her love for her son and her family made her more determined to keep going.

Gracelyn learned about ASKI in 2012 and started her first business loan amounting Php10,000. She used the loan as an additional capital to buy even expensive goods for sale and to open a retail store next to the shop. The low interest rate loan offered by ASKI, according to her, was the reason for Gracelyn not to change to another microfinance organization. She also admired how ASKI treats its clients while ASKI considers her as one of its good clients. Earning about Php2,000 in rainy days and about Php5,000 daily during summer season, she does have a good amount of income which she also invests in her ventures. Gracelyn dreams of having her own house in the near future with the assistance of ASKI - a home where she and her loved ones will share all the blessings from her hardwork and determination.

Gracelyn dreams of having her own house in the near future with the assistance of ASKI - a home where she and her loved ones will share all the blessings from her hardwork and determination
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