From the time she married, Adita's family has made use of the abundant resources of their surroundings by using fishing, managed by Adita's husband, as their main source of income. Their livelihood from fishing is how Adita has been able to see her eldest child graduate from college and the needs of her four other children, aged 13 to 26, supported.
In 2008, Adita and her husband decided to expand their fishing activities into a business. Adita joined Kiva's partner, ASHI, to gain access to financial support for their aspirations. Over time, their fishing business has been improving. They were able to purchase a fishing boat, which now has to be repaired after several years of use.
For this, Adita is requesting a much larger loan amount. She hopes that by reconditioning the engine and the boat itself, her husband will be able to catch more fish for her to sell directly to people in their village. She also wishes to put aside some savings for renovating their house and hopes to support her eldest child, who works for ASHI as a Development Officer.
Adita’s eldest child is her inspiration to work hard and support her youngest child's education, as her three other children have not finished their college education due to lack of financial support.
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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