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Shirley A. is now 33 years old, happy and contented with her partner in life Moises A. who is now 36 years old. They have five children May Ann 17 years old, Ana Marie 15 years old, Caren 14 years old, Keyzee 8 years old and Elizabeth 6 years old. As of now they’re all studying, so they spend more money for the school expenses of her children. She and her husband work hard for them to earn enough income for their everyday expenses in the house and expenses of her children in school.

Aside from her sewing different kinds of dress, they have a fishing business that becomes their main source of income. This business runs for 2 years now and they really want to continue it because it gives them more income. It suits their place because their near the sea maybe this is one reason why it give them income. Her husband manages it with her help of course. She will use the loan that she received from Kiva field partner Ahon sa Hirap Inc. (ASHI) to buy things for this business like different kinds of fishnet and accessories for it.

Shirley hopes that someday her children will finish their studies because this is the reason why they work hard for them to have a good education. And one hopes of Shirley is to make her business stable for them to alleviate from poverty.

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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
  • 339
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $65,961,850
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 46.5
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $450 helped Shirley will be used to finance her fishing business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 8, 2009
Oct 8, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 15, 2010