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Digna D. is a woman of faith and courage who is trying to cut the string of poverty that hinders the dreams of her family. She is 37 years old and married to Reynaldo who is a fisherman and also a carpenter. She is the mother of three children. The family lives in the island village of Sapang in the town of Binangonan, Rizal province in the Philippines.

Digna joined ASHI (Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc.), an MFI and KIVA partner in the Philippines, in 2008. When she got her first loan, she invested it in fishing. The business did well and now she is asking for a second loan, a loan of 10,000 pesos to pay for 10 bundles of fish nets and other equipment for fishing.

Digna is hopeful that in the near future, her business will grow, and they will have more fishing gear--she even dreams of having her own fishing boat someday. She aspires to send her children to school until they finish schooling and find jobs.

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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
  • 407
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $65,913,675
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 48.4
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $225 helped Digna 10 bundles of fish nets and other equipment for fishing.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 22, 2009
Jul 8, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 15, 2010