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Lorna O. is from the village of Macate Diffun. She is 40 years old. Lorna is married and has five school-aged children. To make a living, Lorna owns and operates a business venture in the arts sector; she operates a handicraft business. While not the only means for generating revenue, the main source of income for the business comes from making and selling handicraft bags. Lorna has been engaged in her business for over one year and earns approximately 4,000 PHP a month for these activities.

In 2010, Lorna joined ASKI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and her ability to engage in business activities. Lorna has successfully repaid a previous loan of 5,000 PHP from ASKI. This previous loan was used to purchase raw materials to make additional handicrafts. Lorna is requesting a new loan of 6,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase raw materials to make additional handicrafts. This loan will be the second loan taken out by Lorna from ASKI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve and expand 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 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
  • 1800
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $60,867,300
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 45.2
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $150 helped Lorna to purchase raw materials in order to make additional handicrafts.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 23, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 15, 2011