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Even before Agripina J. became a member of ASHI in 2008, she realized that she needed to have her own small business despite her age (73 years old) so that she could help her six children support her many grandchildren. With this goal in mind, she established a small “sari-sari” (or variety) store in which she sells various types of food, beverages, and other basic commodities. She also has able to buy a piglet which she will raise and sell in four months. These businesses are possible because of Agripina’s membership in ASHI and the help she has been receiving. Her husband’s small pension would not have allowed her to help her family, but the small revenue her businesses makes allows her to provide this support.

Agripina is happy to provide this help, gets a good deal of satisfaction from managing her own store, and hopes to increase the number of items she has to sell so that she can gain more costumers and more revenues. To reach this goal, she has applied to ASHI for a new loan to grown her business and and help it bring greater happiness to the entire family.

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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
  • 668
    View loans »
    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $63,147,100
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 44.2
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $250 helped Agripina to buy new items to sell in her sari-sari store.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 13, 2010
May 1, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 15, 2010