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Merlie is 32 years old and is blessed with two children. She established a sari-sari store where she sells daily commodities to the villagers. This has been a great help to her family. Merlie is requesting a loan of 15,000 PHP to buy eggs, vinegar, sweets, biscuits, cooking oil and sugar to sell in her store. She would like to stock more items in her store to satisfy her customers' demand. She hopes to expand her sales and profits with the loan, to make her family economically secure and prepare for the education of her children.

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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.

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About Philippines

  • $7,000
    Average annual income
  • 2103
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $61,204,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 41.3
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $375 helped Merlie to buy eggs, vinegar, sweets, biscuits, cooking oil and sugar to stock her sari-sari store.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 4, 2013
Apr 17, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 19, 2014