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Mercedes M. is from the village of Allinguigan 3rd. She is 47 years old. Mercedes is married and has 4 school-age children. To make a living, Mercedes owns & operates a business venture in the manufacturing sector operating a furniture making business. The main source of income for the business comes primarily from making & selling general household furniture to local businesses and community members. Mercedes has been engaged in her business for over 29 years and earns approximately 6000 PHP a month for these activities.

In 2009, Mercedes joined ASKI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Mercedes has successfully repaid a previous loan of 6000 PHP from ASKI. This previous loan was used to purchase raw materials to make additional furniture. Mercedes is requesting a new loan of 7000 PHP which will be used to purchase raw materials to make additional furniture. This loan will be the fourth loan taken out by Mercedes from ASKI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve her business.

About ASKI:

ASKI is one of the most successful microfinance institutions in the Philippines. It has 29 branches covering the Central and Northeastern areas. Its clients are mostly of farmers, fisherfolks and small entrepreneurs.

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Additional Information

About Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc.

This loan is made possible by Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc. (ASKI), which means “a partner in development.” ASKI has been in operation for 25 years and runs multiple successful initiatives in addition to microlending. Its main microfinance branch focuses on lending to microentrepreneurs, small farmers, and fisher folk. ASKI also provides microinsurance and marketing support for borrowers, as well as educational programs to develop the skills of both borrowers and staff. The ASKI Foundation funds community development projects such as a daycare feeding program and scholarships for children. ASKI Global helps overseas Filipinos develop entrepreneurial and financial skills to maximize the impact of remittances.

ASKI’s motto is “Together, let’s make things happen!” Join ASKI's Kiva Lending Team or view its website.

About Philippines

  • $7,000
    Average annual income
  • 1004
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $63,421,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 45.2
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $175 helped Mercedes to purchase raw materials to make additional furniture.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 15, 2010
Aug 7, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 15, 2011