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Adora is a 28 year old woman engaged in dressmaking, specializing in making school uniforms and gowns. Her skills in sewing came from her previous employment as well as from formal training in a related course. She had just given birth to a baby girl named Crisanta Nicole. She has been married to a booking officer in a bus company for almost a year.

At present, she has three employed sewers and has engaged in a private school providing on-the-job training for its students. She earns a daily net income of Php 450.00 (approximately US$9.00) that she uses to sustain their needs. Her vision is to expand her business in order to provide more employment opportunities in the community. Aside from the quality products she manufactures, she also offers minimal and affordable costs that attract plenty of customers. With the increasing demand of her sewing services she needs an additional piping machine, fabrics and accessories for mass production of t-shirts.

She had been an active leader and member of ASHI for five years. The experiences she has had have helped develop her confidence in managing her business. When she first joined ASHI, she just used a manual machine without any employed help. Using the successive loans from ASHI, she was able to accumulate several more machines, like high speed machines and an edging machine.

Adora dreams that three years from now, she will own a well-equipped dress shop to be able to cope with orders for school uniforms in state colleges around the bustling capital town of San Jose de Buenavista, Antique.

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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
  • 1647
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $59,025,175
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 49.0
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $825 helped Adora purchase of a piping machine, fabrics and accessories.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 13, 2008
Nov 14, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 15, 2009