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Editha D. is 50 years old and is married to Perlito D.. They were given 2 children: Evelyn, 19 years old and in 2nd year college and Cristy, 17 years old and only graduated from high school because she cannot afford to go to college. Editha works hard because she wants her two children to finish their studies through college. If Editha cannot afford to send both of the girls to college, the older daughter has promised that, if ever she would finish her studies and get a job, she will send her younger sibling to college.

The main source of the family's income is their wood lamination business. In this business they develop a customer's photographs and then make wooden picture frames for them. An example is the graduation picture shown here. Since Editha became a member of Kiva field partner Ahon sa Hirap Inc. (ASHI), she has always used the loans that she received from the institution to improve this business. The wood lamination business provides the family with their daily expenses and the expenses in school of the older child. The whole family works together to make this business run.

Editha dreams that their business continues to grow because it will bring a better life to their whole family.

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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
  • 392
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $70,831,400
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 46.4
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $200 helped Editha to finance a wood lamination and photography business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
9 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 28, 2009
Oct 14, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 15, 2010