A loan of $450 helped purchase of fish nets, ropes, sinkers, bamboo to expand her business.


Luisa's story

Luisa A. is a native of the island village of Talim Binangonan, in the Rizal province of the Philippines. She is a courageous mother who hopes to rise from poverty. She is 62 years old and married to Leon, who is 62 years old and a fisherman. She has 5 children, between the ages of 27 and 43, none of whom finished their studies in college due to poverty. The income from the business has been insufficient to provide for further education for her children beyond high school. Luisa's biggest dream is to raise the family's standard of living. She wants to give her family a refined life. She has been in the fishing business for almost 44 years. The sales seem to be profitable and sound, and she desires to invest more in the business. In 2007, she joined ASHI (Ahon SA Hirap, Inc.), an MFI and KIVA partner in the Philippines, with the encouragement of having access to more capital for a larger income. She is requesting a loan of Php 20,000.00 as additional capital for her fishing business. Luisa is hopeful that her business will grow and that she can earn more income. She would like to save money to help fulfill their dreams to support her children to have a good life and to send her grandchildren to school to finish college, something she failed to provide for her children. Her children are a big support to Luisa and she also believes that her grandchildren are the hopes of their future dreams.



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