Lilia B. is a 66 year-old woman who hails from the beautiful land of Antipolo City, the capital city of Rizal province in the Philippines. Her husband died years ago and left her with a daughter, Dina, who is now 43 years old and a college graduate. Lilia is a member of the Rizalwest Branch of ASHI (Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc.), an MFI and KIVA partner in the Philippines.
Considering her age, Lilia has invested the money from her loans in a general store in her village. The business brings her enough income for her day-today living. She is now requesting a loan amounting for 15,000 pesos for additional capital for her store.
She dreams of helping her grandchildren with their school expenses with savings from her business. She also still dreams that someday her general store will grow and become a grocery store.
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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