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Dilaluz D., aged 65, wants to grow the small hog fattening and rice retail businesses that she has set up using the loans she has accessed through ASHI. Proceeds from these businesses are the only source of income for her family for all their needs including her medication. In addition to her 67-year-old jobless husband, Dilaluz is also supporting her children aged 31 and 33. However, one of her children is her partner in running her business.

Despite being poor in health and financially, Dilaluz still feels happy that she has had the opportunity to receive a loan and to have a business of her own. She enjoys using its profit to support her family's needs. Some day she hopes that her business will grow so her children can take it over.

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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
  • 1792
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $60,886,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 44.3
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $425 helped Dilaluz to purchase a piglet for fattening and a large volume of rice to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 12, 2010
May 1, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 15, 2010