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Being single has not limited Elenie B.’s opportunity to feel what it is like to raise children and to take care of their needs every day. At home, she is accompanied by a nephew and niece. She makes them feel loved and is helping in making their lives comfortable. In a way, she feels as though she is the real mother of her loving nephew and niece. From them, she draws out strength and determination to work hard and improve their standard of living. Nevertheless, Elenie still looks forward to having her own family in the future. But, meanwhile, she wants to be financially stable.

To be able to reach her dream of having a stable source of income to support her above-mentioned aspirations, she joined ASHI in 2003. Loans made to her since then until the present have enabled her to start raising hogs and buying and selling them as a business. All throughout her membership, Elenie has never been a problem for her co-members in terms of payment.

She believes that fate has been good to her without giving her a hard time to manage her business. After four months of raising her hogs, she sells them either alive or slaughtered to people in her village and sometimes in the market. Along with that, she also buys different commodities for selling.

Elenie enjoys spending the small profit she earns through the business to give her niece and nephew necessary things. However, thinking about a better kind of house to comfort and shelter her and the children she is taking care of, the urge to grow her business further becomes so intense. Because of that, she is requesting a much larger amount of loan for the financial capital growing her business requires.

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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
  • 749
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $63,295,350
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 46.5
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $550 helped Elenie to purchase additional piglets to raise and to purchase commodities to resell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 16, 2010
Jul 5, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 25, 2011