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64 years old Lolita and her husband live with their two sons and three grandchildren. Through Lolita's membership in ASHI, she has been able to purchase, six years ago, a tricycle (sidecar attached to the body of a motorcycle - used as a means of transportation) which her 33-year-old son is managing and getting his income from. Her loans have also financed her husband's farming. Most of all, it had made her an entrepreneur.

Lolita sells rice, gasoline for motorcycles, and dried fish in their own village. She chose to sell these items because they are the most salable to people, considering the village, which is very poor, lacks accessibility to any kind of transportation and the market is very far. The fare alone when buying things people need in the market is already expensive. At least with Lolita's business, people don't need to go to market for the basic things they need.

Through loans she is able to get from ASHI, Lolita wants to expand her business and sell more items for the accessibility of her neighbors and other people in the village. She also wanted to help her children and sustain the education of her grandchildren.

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About ASHI

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.

About Philippines

  • $7,000
    Average annual income
  • 757
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $63,325,000
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 48.4
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $225 helped Lolita to buy commodities such as rice, gasoline, and dried fish.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 23, 2009
Aug 18, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 15, 2010