Despite being poor, Nanette enjoys her life because she has a husband who is very loving and supportive as well as having two sweet and thoughtful children (12 and 19 years old). Nanette and her husband dream that one day their children will have a different kind of life. They wish that they would be able to have the capacity to support their needs to graduate from college and have their own career. To be able to do this, they both work hard to grow their small business (fishing and fish selling) and increase its revenue. Now, Nanette is requesting a much larger loan from ASHI to purchase additional fishing gear. Her husband is the one who does the fishing and Nanette sells the fish in the public market.
Nanette’s eldest child now is in college and will be graduating soon. She hopes that this year her business will have more earnings in preparation for the enrollment and her child’s other educational expenses.
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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