Emiliana is now requesting her second loan from Kiva field partner Ahon sa Hirap Inc. (ASHI) which she will use to purchase things needed in her variety store. She wants to improve this business in order to increase the income it provides for their everyday living. Emiliana is also really hoping that her business will grow so that instead of her children helping them, she will be able to help them, especially in the schooling of her grandchildren.
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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