A loan of $375 helped to pay for 2 fish cages, renovation and repair of her other fish cages, 30 pieces of bamboos and labor expenses.


Melita's story

Melita D. C. is a 52-year-old mother to three. She is a native of the island village in the town of Binangonan, Rizal province in the Philippines. She ihusbandzs happily living with some of her children and with her husband Napoleon who is a fisherman and is 52 years of age. She dreams of getting out from the spiral of poverty. In 2006, she joined ASHI(Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc.), an MFI and KIVA partner in the Philippines with hope of having access to capital to start a business. Before, she and her husband are partners in their business the bamboo set making. But considering their age, the business is quite tiring and laborious. When she received her first loan from ASHI, she constructed a fish cage in the lake. That was four years ago already. Now her business is getting bigger and brings her good income. Now on her 4th loan, she proposes a loan of 18,000 pesos as additional capital for her fish cage business. The loan will be used to pay for 2 fish cages, renovation and repair of her other fish cages, 30 pieces of bamboos and labor expenses. She is looking forward that with the trend of fishing as main source of income in the island is in demand; her business will grow and will bring her enough income for her family. She dreams of sending her younger children to school until they finish college.



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