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With her belief in getting out of poverty, Rodalyn P. decided in 2009 to join ASHI (Ahon sa Hirap, Inc.), a micro-finance institution and Kiva partner in the Philippines, with the opening of having start-up capital for generating income. During her previous loans from ASHI, she carefully invested in her buy and sell business, selling different goods, and embarked on a sewing business. The profit is what she uses for daily expenses.

During her almost one year in ASHI, Rodalyn has shown herself to be hardworking and she has strong belief to make her dreams come true. Rodalyn still dreams of the best for her family: to provide the best education for her children and to have a happy family.

Now on her second loan, Rodalyn requests 9,000 Philippine pesos to create a broader business. Specifically, the money will be used to purchase cotton and planel for her sewing business and an inventory of rice for her buy and sell business. She is very determined and disciplined to utilize the money which is lent to her.

Rodalyn is grateful to ASHI-Kiva partners for the support, even with all the dreams and challenges in her life.

Additional Information

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
  • 1851
    View loans »
    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $61,096,775
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 45.6
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $200 helped Rodalyn to purchase cotton and planel for her sewing business and inventory of rice.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 16, 2010
Apr 1, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 11, 2011