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48-year-old Edna was successful in the business she had established through her five times loan in ASHI since 2004. However, most of the financial and emotional investments she had then vanished when her husband died just recently. She spend thousands of money for her husband's medication before the death and even until the burial. Having her only 11-year-old child beside her, Edna realized she has to be strong to restart running her general store business for her child's education and future.

From a Php12,000 previously, Edna chose to lessen the amount she will loan now despite her qualification for loaning large amount because she will start all over again and for the first time, without her husband's support. In the near future she believes that she will be able to grow her business again with loans she will be getting from ASHI.

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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
  • 438
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $70,831,400
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 48.4
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $125 helped Elda will be used to finance her general store business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 23, 2009
Aug 18, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 15, 2010