Tulay sa Pag-unlad, Inc. is a Christian, non-stock, non-profit microfinance NGO engaged in social development programs and services to fulfill Christ’s commission to proclaim the Good News of His saving grace and loving kindness to the poor (Luke 4:18). TSPI works with other institutions towards poverty alleviation by supporting microentrepreneurs and small farmers to grow and sustain their livelihood, while nurturing their spiritual well-being. TSPI believes that these microenterprises and farms are God’s blessings to the clients and their bridge to progress (tulay sa pag-unlad).
The founding of TSPI was inspired by Jesus’ miracle of feeding the multitudes (Luke 9:10-17). The little that was willingly offered to the Lord, incredibly became an abundant supply that satisfied everyone. Starting with a few, TSPI provided opportunities for microenterprise development, through micro-loans and business coaching. Eventually, resources started pouring in, allowing TSPI’s transformation mission to become a channel of blessings to many. God’s faithfulness sustained TSPI through the decades and guided it in addressing the changing needs of its clients over the years. “I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” – God (Isaiah 46:4).
TSPI was established on October 30, 1981 as the pioneer of the Philippines’ microfinance industry. Inspired by its gospel-driven mission and passion to serve more communities, TSPI formed local partnerships with like-minded groups and individuals. This gave birth to six independent provincial microfinance NGO partners across the country. TSPI also spearheaded a coalition in setting up standards for microfinance NGOs to be sustainable. TSPI is a founding member of the two largest microfinance networks in the country – Alliance of Philippine Partners in Enterprise Development, Inc. (APPEND) in 1991 and Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. (MCPI) in 1999.