She is a woman who believes in the gift of God. She believes that the most precious gift for humankind is opportunity. In 2006, she decided to join ASHI (Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc.), an MFI and KIVA partner in the Philippines, hoping that with the access to capital, she could improve and even expand her canteen. She had been operating the business for ten years and she noticed the good proceeds it brough to them.
Currently on her fifth loan, she proposes the amount of 20,000 pesos as additional capital for her canteen needs. She will be using a portion of her loan to renovate her canteen. The canteen is along the main thoroughfare and is very accessible to customers. She hopes that someday her small canteen will grow into a much bigger one. She also dreams about helping her children to raise her grandchildren to have successful lives someday.
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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