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Bengina hails from the town of Cardona, Rizal Province in the Philippines. She is a 32-year-old mother of five children. She is happily married to a responsible husband, Benigno, who is 39 years old. Being poor is not a hindrance to aim for greener pastures.

Bengina makes door mats. In 2008, Bengina joined ASHI (Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc.), an MFI and KIVA partner in the Philippines, hoping to access capital for her business. She been in business for two years and she finds contentment in the proceeds that she receives. She has regular customers and she also receives orders.

She is proposing a loan of 15,000 pesos to use as addtional capital for her business. The loan will be used to buy 55 kilos of assorted cloth, a raw material for door mat, as well as scissors. She will also use the loan to pay for her transportation expenses. She hopes that with the kind of business that she has, she can save for the future of her children and even plan to expand her business and hire a labor force.

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About ASHI

Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc. has the distinction of being the oldest existing replication of Grameen methodology for delivering credit to the poor in the Philippines. With more than a third of the nation’s 90 million Filipinos living below the poverty line, ASHI was established with the vision of helping to alleviate poverty in the Philippines. Translated from Tagalog, Ahon Sa Hirap means “to rise above poverty.”

Empowering women dedicated to supporting their families through hard work and dedication, ASHI lends 100% to women and specifically the bottom 50%, so the “poorest of the poor.” In addition to general business loans, ASHI also offers educational loans, house repair loans, savings funds, and social development programs for its members. ASHI is committed to translating its social mission into practice.

About Philippines

  • $7,000
    Average annual income
  • 334
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $66,038,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 48.1
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $325 helped Bengina to buy cloth and scissors and pay for transportation expenses.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 21, 2009
Jul 29, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 15, 2010