31-year-old Jean F. is a member of KIVA field partner in the Philippines which is ASHI for five years. Along with her children who range in age from nine to 11 and husband who is a farm laborer, she resides in a nature rich municipality of Sebaste in Antique province. There she practiced her reproductive and productive role being a woman. Her loan in ASHI was used to start up a business she can manage herself to be able to have her own income to support her family needs especially that of her children. Presently, Jean’s income through her small business is not yet enough to support her dream of giving her children best things in life. Her husband’s income is sporadic and insufficient for a support. Therefore, she wanted to request a much larger amount of loan from ASHI to grow her business. With ASI and KIVA Jean believes that she has a lot of things to do in life for her family through her business.
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.