A loan of $850 helped additional farm inputs, piggery, and finance re-opening of her variety store.

Zenia's story

At the age of 54, Zenia H. is still a business-minded woman and courageous enough to take risks in running a business, the same way she took a risk in re-marrying after the death of her first husband, leaving her with six children. Though the decision she made then allowed her see the happiness that life can offer, she doesn't like to be dependent on anyone, even on her new partner, Anastacio, who is a brother of her former husband, because she knows that she has children of her own to raise and send to school.

Her membership in ASHI and the loans she has accessed since she became a member have assisted her in running a business while Anastacio is a laborer and farmer. He is also very supportive of Zenia and his step-children, as well as their own nine-year-old child. Because of this, Zenia has been performing very well in her repayment, attendance, and business thus making her qualified for a higher loan amount.

Zenia's recently received loan was intended as additional capital for her farming (rice planting) business and hog fattening (backyard pig raising) with pigs to be sold after four months. She will also finance her store to be re-opened. Zenia has to have many business to generate bigger income to send all six of her children to school. All in all she has seven children, however, her eldest works as an overseas contract worker and is also helping her finance the education of the siblings.

Loan details

Lenders and lending teams

Loan details