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Cecilia G. is active and has good leadership as member of ASHI (Ahon SA Hirap, Inc.), an MFI and Kiva partner in the Philippines. She is 36 years old and the mother of two children, both of whom are high school students. She is married to Leonard G., a 37-year-old jeepney driver.

Cecilia joined ASHI 2004 and she is grateful having ASHI-KIVA as a partner in her life. Cecilia began selling goods little by little, and used whatever money she made to buy more items to sell. She is now on her seventh loan, which she plans to use to purchase grains amounting to Php 20,000.00 and sacks worth Php 350.00 for storing goods.

Cecilia's main goal is to save for the future of her children and send them to school until they finish college and find stable jobs. She is also working hard on the success of her business. She is looking forward to having space in the local market, which would give her easier access to customers. She also wants to buy a utility jeep for the transport of goods for her business so she can easily gain more income, and she also wants to have her own rice milling business some day.

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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
  • 456
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $69,645,400
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 46.8
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $450 helped Cecilia to purchase grains and 50 sacks for storing it.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 18, 2009
Dec 1, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 15, 2010