Leonida runs a variety store business that is one of the sources of their income but aside from that, she also sells different homemade sandwich spreads like peanut butter and coco jam (made from coconut). Now she focuses on this business, and that is where she will use the loan that she will receive from Kiva field partner Ahon sa Hirap Inc. (ASHI), buying things that are needed for this business. She will also use the loan in her trading business. This is the selling of different kinds of fish, some of the people in their place call this trading. She is hoping that after buying what is needed for her business, it will give them income for all of their expenses.
Leonida’s dream is to have a comfortable and strong house for their family. And she is also really hoping that her businesses will continue to run and grow so that her dreams will become possible.
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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