A loan of $625 helped to use as additional capital for fish-ball vending and doormat making.


Marita's story

Marita L. hails from the beautiful city of Antipolo, Rizal Province, in the Philippines. She is 35 years old and the mother to four. All of her kids are all in the elementary grades except the youngest, who is four years old. Her husband, Rogelio, is 39 and is a vendor and her business partner. Life was not easy for Marita. She was challenged by the miserable condition of their lives to strive hard and search for a greener living. In 2003, she joined ASHI (Ahon sa Hirap, Inc.), an MFI and KIVA partner in the Philippines, with the hope of bringing light to her family. On her previous loans, she prudently invested those in doormat making. But it is quite laborious and time consuming. Just recently, Marita opted to venture in fish-ball vending which is in demand by kids and also by the people in the community, especially during the afternoon. She observed that fish-ball vending is more profitable, and so she considered it as their primary business. Now, Marita has applied for a loan of 30,000 pesos as additional capital for her business, to improve her cart and some will go to her secondary business of doormat making. Marita is positive and hopeful that, if coupled with industry, their business will bring them great profit so that they can save and be able to send their children to school, enabling them to find jobs.



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