Mercedita R. is one of the best members of ASHI. Aside from maintaining an excellent performance in repayment, business and attendance in ASHI, she has also maintained her attendance to the needs of her children at home and in school. Despite many challenges in her life, she never gave up fighting against poverty. Her dressmaking and tailoring business has grown and requires more capital to sustain her business. She became the producer of uniforms for one of the biggest colleges in the municipality. At the same time, the expenses have increased for her two children in college, one in high school and for her adopted child. Because of this, Mercedita requests a bigger loan through ASHI so that she can support the growth of her business and be able to meet the growing demands of her customers. Without capital Mercedita’s business will not grow and she will not be able to help her children graduate from college or help the people in her village that she employs as dressmakers. At times, her children and her husband, who is a fisherman, help her in minor processes of dressmaking.
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.