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Although Pilar V. is ahead of 1 year at the age of 54 to her husband Florante V. who is now 53 years old this never been a hindrance for them who are the head in their family, because in the first place in their family they are both finding ways to fight their poverty. Her husband is work as a carpenter at the same time farmers in their place, while Pilar runs a sewing business for 3 years now. Because according to Pilar her husband’s revenue is only enough for their daily expenses nothing left for the education of her two daughter Diane 15 years old third year high school and Flor Marie 12 years old first year high school. So Pilar find an alternative ways to augment the not enough income of her husband, so it come out her sewing business because also she has a talent in sewing different kinds of clothes. Also her variety store business also contributes to their income that is why she also pursues to continue this.

The loan that she received from Kiva field partner Ahon sa Hirap Inc. (ASHI) will be use as additional capital for her sewing business. She will buy sewing machine, needle, different colors of thread and oil for the machine. It will help her to make her business more productive.

Pilar picture shows that they really needed enough capital so that her variety store and place for her sewing machine have their own part or place for more comfortable to move. This is one of her dream aside from to finish her children education until college.

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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
  • 321
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $70,648,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 46.7
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $650 helped Pilar will be additional capital for her sewing business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 9, 2009
Oct 7, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 15, 2010