In 2009, she joined ASHI (Ahon SA Hirap, Inc.), an MFI and Kiva partner in the Philippines, to obtain working capital for her primary business, fishing. She also runs a variety store as a secondary business to earn more income.
Now on her second loan, she requests 10,000 PHP to continue the primary business, fishing. The loan fund will be used to pay for fishing equipment like rope, bamboo, fish nets, and the cost of labor for 3 persons to work for 2 days.
In the future, Lilia wants to invest in more fish cages to raise more fish and meet the growing demands in their village. She hopes to be successful in both businesses in order to provide a college education for her child.
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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