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Through her membership in ASHI, 57-year-old Lilia P. has been able to develop self-confidence in dealing with other people. Her sweet and bitter experiences with her co-members in the ASHI center she belongs to, strengthens her determination and has made her tough enough to go on with her mission for herself and her family.

Lilia is one of the poorest mothers in her community. She is a widow and the sole provider of her two children whose ages now are 21 and 25. Despite her family incurring too many expenses in excess of the income she makes from her sari-sari (variety) store business, which is financed by the loans she receives from ASHI, Lilia is always hopeful that she will be able to keep her business, even if it is not yet growing.

With ASHI and the larger amount of loan she can request, in time Lilia will be able to grow her business and make it more stable and profitable. By then, along with her children, she will be able to realize her vision of living a better kind of life. For now, all of them are helping each other and supporting each other’s needs.

Lilia’s eldest child has a sporadic and small income being a small-time fisherman; her youngest is a hired driver.

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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
  • 1487
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $59,411,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 46.7
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $750 helped Lilia to purchase additional grocery items and beverages for her sari-sari store.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
25 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 27, 2010
Jun 10, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 15, 2012