She disciplined herself to use all the money borrowed from ASHI, a KIVA partner, for her business to gain more profit. This profit is what she uses for daily expenses. She got involved with ASHI because of the family's dreams to send her children to school and finish their studies with a degree. She is a good mother of her two children and still dreams of the best for her family. She belongs to a poor family who needs help to change their standard of living and provide a beautiful house for her family in the future. All of these goals in life are supported by her loving husband, Norman A., a 23-year-old factory worker. Through the love between the couple, they are blessed with one child, Angelica A., 4 years old. This is the story of 28-year-old Gerlie A., a focused mother who is hopeful for her dreams.
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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