Gloria Cruz is a mother of three and worked as a
staff member in a plywood manufacturing plant for 3 years. Nene, as her friends call
her, founded AlberGlo in 2002, which started as a distributor for small garment
factories. Nene obtained products from large factories and distributed these to
small garment factories. When her husband was working in Mindanao, she bought 1
sewing machine to start making apparels in order to sell them. At first, Nene
was unsure about the new venture as she was just an elementary graduate and had
no experience in sewing. But, highly determined to succeed, she followed
through to offer her children a better way of life than she experienced herself
as a child that grew up in poverty.
After a while, an elder with no family of his
own approached Gloria and pledged his support to the business. She gladly took
him in, which was for the better, as they turned out to be close friends and he
was an excellent business partners. The business grew vastly, from employing
one seamstress to well over twenty. Currently, AlberGlo employs twenty-seven seamstresses
housing and manufactures high-end apparels for fashion stores. All employees
are elementary graduates and are given fair and legal compensation and free
meals. For some employees and their families, Gloria even offers free housing. With
2 of Nene's daughters managing AlberGlo, Nene plans to nearly double Albergos number
of employees in the coming years.
Together with local partner's NPFC, Lendahand
supports Gloria in her mission to expand her business and employ more workers
by providing additional working capital to boost production. The loan will be
repaid in 12 months.