A loan of $950 helped to purchase supplies and renovate her canteen.

Leonila's story

Leonila M. is a 39-year-old mother of two boys. She is strong and full of courage mother to lift them out from poverty. She is married to Edilberto, a 40 year-old caretaker of a house of a relative. She lives in Teresa, Rizal Province in the Philippines.

As a caretaker, the income of her husband is not sufficient to meet the needs of her family. Then came the idea of joining ASHI (Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc.), an MFI and KIVA partner in the Philippines, in 2005. She was given hope and opportunity to have access to capital, so she started her canteen (outdoor cafe) businness. The business went smoothly and brought them good proceeds. Currently, on her eighth loan, she proposes the amount of 45,000 pesos as additional capital to purchase stock and renovate her canteen.

She hopes that, with the help of ASHI and KIVA, she can reach her dreams in life: sending her children to school until they find jobs, expanding her business, and even plans to have an internet cafe someday. Now, she said, my dreams are almost within my reach.

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