In 2003, Lilia joined Kiva partner ASHI (Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc.), an MFI in the Philippines, to acquire capital for her fishing business. As a member of ASHI for almost 8 years, she has noted good performance in her credit rating (basis of loans) and is therefore being trusted by ASHI to obtain bigger loans. For almost 8 years of her membership in ASHI, Lilia has been a model member dedicated to managing her family’s fishing operations. This loan is her 6th – she has made good use of her previous loans to expand her business and income. Lilia has applied for a new loan of 28,000 Philippine pesos (PHP) to support the needs of her fishing business. Lilia dreams of expanding her business into a full-fledged fish farm. She also engages in other businesses for supplementary income.
She dreams of sending her grandson to school until he finishes college and finds a good job. Until that dream happens, Lilia is happy with the way in which ASHI and Kiva have touched her family's life and given them a good chance of making their dreams come true.
The attached picture of Lilia was taken August 03, 2010 with her supportive son, Jameson A..
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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