Sevilla joined ASHI in 2009 because she wanted to have her own business since her husband's income is not enough to sustain the daily needs of their family. She will use her starting capital of Php 5,000 for the vending of frozen foods.
Sevilla and her husband aim to use ASHI loans to develop a stable business so they can save for the education of their only child and have their own home someday. She is optimistic and strong enough to face the challenge of poverty.
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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