A loan of $625 helped to pay for fish nets, a boat, and a second-hand engine for the boat.


Rowena's story

Rowena D. S. is a 44-year-old woman who is determined to step out of poverty. She is married to Crisanto, who is 44 years old and her business partner. She is mother to four kids: one daughter and three sons. She lives in Jala-jala, Rizal province in the Philippines.

Aspiring to improve the well-being of her family, she joined ASHI (Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc.), an MFI and KIVA partner in the Philippines, in 2001. She has invested previous loans in fishing gear, which brought her good proceeds.

Now on her 5th loan, she seeks a loan of 30,000 pesos to pay for fish nets, to buy a boat and a second-hand engine for the boat.

With the access to capital provided by ASHI and KIVA, she is hopeful that she can step out of the spiral of poverty. She dreams of sending her children to college so they can find jobs for better living, and she also hopes to expand her business someday.



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