A loan of $625 helped to use as additional capital for her fried chicken sales business as well as for her general store.

Estelita's story

Estelita hails from the mountainous city of Antipolo in the province of Rizal in the Philippines. Her business partner is her husband, Ricardo, who is 54 years old. Estelita is the mother of two sons and three daughters, all of whom are grown. But the urge to strive for a living and to get out from poverty is still burning within her.

Her aspiration to cut the rope of poverty that ties her way to success caused her to join ASHI (Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc.), an MFI and Kiva partner in the Philippines, in 2004. She has applied her loans toward her fried chicken business. Specifically, she buys chickens, cleans and fries them, and sells the prepared food in the village. She even sometimes receives orders from other villages. This business has brought her enough income to support her family.

Now on her eighth loan, Estelita has requested a loan of 30,000 as additional capital for her fried chicken sales business. Part of the loan will also be used to finance her secondary business: she runs a general store where she sells such items as rice, charcoal, and meat. She been operating the business for several years and is hopeful that her business will continue to prosper.

Her aspiration is to expand her business and she dreams of having a space in the market someday. She also hopes to have a bigger and more durable house built on her own lot.

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