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Aileen A. is a 36-year-old mother of two. She hails from the beautiful city of Morong, Rizal Province in the Philippines. Her eldest daughter, Trixie, is a 16-year-old high school student. Her youngest, Jayvee, is a 15-year-old high school student. Aileen is married to 38-year-old Gilbert, her partner in business and a carpenter.

Aileen joined ASHI (Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc.), an MFI and a Kiva partner in the Philippines, in 2006. Since then, she has had to acquire capital for her business. She used her first to fourth loans for the direct selling of Avon and Natasha products. It has been great for her family. The business is running smoothly and bringing in enough proceeds. Now on her fifth loan, Aileen is applying for 25,000 pesos as additional capital for her business.

She hopes that in the near future, she can build a more durable concrete house. And she also dreams of sending her children to school up to college so they can find good jobs. She is hoping to have more stock for selling for her business.

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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
  • 1480
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $59,157,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 46.4
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $550 helped Aileen additional capital for direct selling of Avon and Natasha products.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 11, 2010
Jan 24, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 15, 2011