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Sulima D. C. joined Ahon sa Hirap, Inc., (ASHI), a partner MFI (microfinance institution) of Kiva in the Philippines, in the year 2005. She is one of the reputable members of ASHI in her town. She is married to Nestor, who is a fisherman and sometimes a driver. They have three children: a 29-year-old construction worker, a 21-year-old factory worker and a 16-year-old high school student.

The main source of their family income is fishing and a secondary source comes from selling barbecue sticks. She is applying for a loan of 20,000 Philippine pesos to finance construction of a pump boat that her husband will use in his fishing activity. They will buy materials and a new motor to complete the building of the boat.

Her business plan after this loan is to invest capital in putting up fish cages to increase the fish catch. She hopes that Kiva friends will continue their financial support to her for the benefit of her family and grandchildren.

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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
  • 2079
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $61,219,850
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 43.9
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $475 helped Sulima to buy materials and a motor for the construction of a pump boat.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
25 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 22, 2010
Oct 2, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 15, 2012