UPLiFT stands for Urban Program for Livelihood Finance and Training. We are a Non-Government Organization (NGO) based in the Philippines specializing in microfinance and social services for the urban poor. Created in 1993 by Inter Aide of France, we are registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission as a non-profit, non-political, and non-sectarian organization. UPLIFT is a member of the Filipino Association of Foundations.
Based in Manila, Philippines, we reach out to several areas in Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan and Cavite. Every year, we help more than 16,000 urban poor Filipino families through financial and social assistance, giving them the chance to overcome poverty and become self-reliant.
Provision of microloans amounting from PhP1,000 to 150,000 for the entrepreneurial urban poor intended for business use including but not exclusive to start-up additional rolling capital, acquisition of assets and equipment, business expansion or business diversification. All loan contracts are inclusive of a loan capital build-up which is essentially a savings mobilization scheme. The LCBU is build-up primarily intended as a built-up reserve to prepare partners to be to be independent from credit.
2. Capital Build Up
Voluntary mobilization of savings among Partner-Savers. This aims at encouraging and strengthening the savings habit of Partner-Savers intended for varied future use, as well as, to ensure that they are sufficiently covered from various risks.
1. Assembly Trainings
Assembly Trainings are courses that are being facilitated by UPLiFT for Partners and non-Partners to enhance their capabilities in managing their personal life, business capabilities in managing their personal life, business enhancement, socio-cultural, political-economic and health-environmental awareness that leads them to act on their social responsibilities and be part of the community development as a whole.
a. Entrepreneurial (Mandatory)
- entrepreneurship, business planning, savings and record keeping
b. Issue Based (Non-Mandatory)
- self awareness (values formation, gender and development)
- family life (responsible parenting, family budget and reproductive health)
- community awareness (environmental awareness, health and sanitation)
These trainings are conducted in the Branches and aim to equip the participants with the necessary skills, knowledge, attitude and capability in developing a certain product or services. These will also teach the participants a variety of topics that can eventually be an income generating activity. Linkages with different agencies to access training, technologies and other resources that will benefit our partners to improve their personal orientation as well as their business perpective.
a. Food Processing
- meat products, fish processing, vegetable and fruit products, native delicacies
b. Non-Food Products
- candle making, soap making, perfume making, fashion accessories
- cosmetology, reflexology
1. Health Insurance
Tied-up with PhilHealth, the service provides health insurance for members and their dependents for hospitalization and other related expenses.
2. Micro Insurance
In collaboration with Philippine Prudential Life, this product offers coverage to low-income households. It provides protection to individuals who have little savings and is tailored specifically for lower valued assets and compensation for illness, injury or death.
We are asking for any contribution to support our advocacy to help filipino family and lift their lives in poverty.