A loan of $325 helped to pay for 2 rolls of fish net, 30 pieces of bamboo, fingerlings, labor expenses and boat repairs.


Melina's story

Melina B. is a woman of faith, determined to rise above poverty. She is 45 years old and married to Romeo, a fisherman. They have three children, two sons and a daughter. The eldest son is fifteen years old and a high school student while the youngest is eleven and an elementary pupil. For almost twelve years Melina has been fishing using a fish cage. But there are times when she falls short of capital, which negatively affects her business.

In 2008 she decided to join ASHI (Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc.), an MFI and KIVA partner in the Philippines, in the hope that she could access capital through its loan program. Her previous two loans were carefully utilized on her fish cage business. With the support of her husband, Melina’s business brings in enough income to sustain the needs of her family.

Melina is now requesting a loan of 15,000 PHP to support and improve her business. The loan will be used to pay for two rolls of fish nets, 30 pieces of bamboo, fingerlings and labor expenses. She will also make needed repairs to her fishing boat. She really dreams of improving her business through owning more fish cages so she can make greater profits. With these, she aspires to send her children through college and see them find good jobs.



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