In the early 1986, Rev. Fr. Eddie T. Panlilio, who was then the cura parroco (parish priest) of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Church in Sto. Tomas, Pampanga, and the head of a church-based organization for grass-root development, asked Tulay sa Pag-unlad, Inc. (TSPI) for funding for grass-root development in Pampanga. He met Mr. Eliseo Lademora and asked him if TSPI can provide funds for the church-based organization.
Mr. Lademora “refused” but challenged Fr. Ed saying, “Instead of asking for funding, why not organize a non-government organization similar to TSPI?” Fr. Ed realized that this is a call to serve the people not only in Sto. Tomas but the entire province of Pampanga. Fr. Ed started to look for clergy and laity to help him organize an NGO. With God’s providence, fifteen devoted people responded to the challenge.
Programs and Services
In reaching out and helping the poor, we give the following services.
Alternative Livelihood Opportunities for the Entrepreneurs (ALOE) - a group lending that caters exclusively to the struggling poor entrepreneurs both in rural and urban areas.
Individual Lending Program – a follow up project for ALOE beneficiaries who have out grown the small loans under the ALOE program and are ready for bigger loans.
Salary Loan – provide alternative financing source to the inadequately employed workers to cut their independence on usurers who charge very high interest rates which often eat up income from employment.