Visitacion sells vegetables to help support the family. Her two sons were not able to enroll in college after their secondary graduation. The family's income is not enough to send them to college. She is grateful to have ASHI (Ahon sa Hirap, Inc.) in their village so she can get capital to start a new business. She applied for this loan to buy native chickens to raise. She hopes that her membership will bring them good faith to improve their livelihood status.
Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc. has the distinction of being the oldest existing replication of Grameen methodology for delivering credit to the poor in the Philippines. With more than a third of the nation’s 90 million Filipinos living below the poverty line, ASHI was established with the vision of helping to alleviate poverty in the Philippines. Translated from Tagalog, Ahon Sa Hirap means “to rise above poverty.”
Empowering women dedicated to supporting their families through hard work and dedication, ASHI lends 100% to women and specifically the bottom 50%, so the “poorest of the poor.” In addition to general business loans, ASHI also offers educational loans, house repair loans, savings funds, and social development programs for its members. ASHI is committed to translating its social mission into practice.
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