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Belen B. is the devoted and ingenuous wife of Primo B., 55, a construction worker and supportive husband. They live happily at Tagbak, Antipolo City. Belen has been a member of Kiva partner ASHI (which means "Rise up from poverty") for three years, and understands the advantages of joining the institution.

Belen has experienced an unhappy life because her parents are poor and less educated. She works hard in order to provide for her family's daily needs. She has been blessed with eight children, four of whom are already married with the remaining four still being dependants. Due to poverty she has been unable to afford a good education for her children, which is why they only finished high school; instead, she was forced to work hard just to feed them. However, Belen needs to move on and is looking forward to having opportunities to change their lives.

When ASHI encouraged Belen to take the opportunity of a loan, she grabbed it because she knows it could help her family achieve its dreams. She is requesting her third loan of 15,000 PHP to be used for a sari-sari (variety) store. She wants to purchase eight sacks of rice (8,000 PHP), 10 sacks of "uling" or charcoal (1,500 PHP), and other items for her sari-sari store amounting to 6,000 PHP.

Belen is looking forwards to ASHI's utmost support and is thankful for the good hearts of Kiva lenders for making her family's dreams and wishes come true. In the future, Belen would like to have a grocery store and be successful in life.

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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
  • 1411
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $59,122,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 46.2
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $325 helped Belen to purchase eight sacks of rice, ten sacks of "uling" (charcoal) and other items.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 9, 2009
Dec 7, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 15, 2010