A loan of $950 helped to pay for sacks of rice, charcoal, feed, fresh pork, and other groceries for her store.


Marilou's story

Marilou L. is the 47-year-old manager of her own business. She is full of industry and hard work, and is aiming to pull her family out of poverty. She is married to Teodoro, who is 53 years old and her business partner. She is the mother of seven children, three of whom are still of underage and dependent on her. She lives in Antipolo City, Rizal Province in the Philippines.

In 1999, she joined ASHI (Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc.), an MFI and KIVA partner in the Philippines, with a bagful of dreams to alleviate the poor conditions of her family. Her previous loans were carefully spent on her sari-sari (variety) and food store. The business went well and smoothly. She has many regular customers and the business has brought good proceeds that she can use for her family's needs.

Now on her 15th loan, she proposes the amount of 45,000 pesos to pay for sacks of rice, charcoal, feed, fresh pork, and other groceries for her store. She is positive that her business will grow large and bring her income so she can save for the future of her younger children. She is also looking forward to expanding her business.



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