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At the age of 54, Yolanda is already widowed. She is now all by herself in providing for her family. Her partner now is her business, which supports her family in their everyday expenses. Her two children (Abigail, 31 years old, and Lea, 28 years old) now have their own families. Yolanda is now a grandmother who wants only for her grandchildren to finish their studies, unlike their mothers. That is why she does everything just to improve her business that has been her partner for many years.

Yolanda's business is the selling of different kinds of plastic and Styrofoam. She has run this business for 10 years now, and she continues to run it with the help of added capital from a loan that she received in Kiva field partner Ahon sa Hirap Inc. (ASHI) after joining that organization in 2000. Because she used the loan properly, she has already expanded the store into a much bigger one than before. Now she wants another loan to buy the things she needs in her business so that it will grow more.

Yolanda's dream is not for herself anymore, but for her grandchildren--for them to finish their studies so they can have a better life in the future. She plans to make her business continue to grow so that she will help her grandchildren with their educational expenses.

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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.

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  • $7,000
    Average annual income
  • 373
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $66,137,075
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 47.2
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD