Because of poverty they did not finish their studies in college; that’s the reason opportunities for them are very limited and they could not find decent jobs. So when ASHI came into their baranggay (district or neighborhood), they didn’t let that opportunity pass by. Instead, she joined as a member and she starts to dream for their future.
Her first loan was used in her business: buying and selling fish. This business is managed by her husband. The income that they earned from this business really helped them to sustain their basic needs, and sometimes, if they got a bigger income, she set aside some money for her savings.
As of now, she is applying for 10,000 Philippines pesos for her next loan. This amount will be utilized as additional capital for her fish-vending business.
Her greatest dream in life is to have more capital so that they will have also a bigger income that will sustain their needs, especially for the educational expense of their children. She also wishes to have a decent house someday.
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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