A loan of $225 helped cosmetics, herbal medicines, and food for selling.


Susan's story

Susan M. is a 46-year-old woman and is a single parent of four children. Susan remained strong and determined to raise her children and give them better life when her husband left her. She joined ASHI in 1999 and the loan she received from the institution was her capital to start up a business. She had been doing many different kinds of businesses until then just to have an income to sustain the needs of her children. Her eldest child is a college undergraduate and is presently unemployed. Her second child is a high school graduate and was not able to pursue his college degree. Instead he worked as a laborer and supports Susan financially now. Susan’s third child is in high school and her youngest is graduating in elementary this year.


Susan’s primary business now is buying and selling of herbal medicines and cosmetics. She sells them directly in different municipalities of the province. At times she also sells food in the neighborhood and even in offices within the municipality where she lives. To enhance further this business, Susan applied for a loan from ASHI. The amount she borrowed is the same as her previous loan, based on her capacity to pay and the needs of her business. Presently, Susan continues saving her profit for emergency needs of her business and children. She hopes that her children who are still in school will be able to graduate from college.


Susan has been a very good member of ASHI and a strong woman. She cares for her children and her group and center.



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