A loan of $325 helped to purchase eight sacks of rice, ten sacks of "uling" (charcoal) and other items.

Belen's story

Belen B. is the devoted and ingenuous wife of Primo B., 55, a construction worker and supportive husband. They live happily at Tagbak, Antipolo City. Belen has been a member of Kiva partner ASHI (which means "Rise up from poverty") for three years, and understands the advantages of joining the institution.

Belen has experienced an unhappy life because her parents are poor and less educated. She works hard in order to provide for her family's daily needs. She has been blessed with eight children, four of whom are already married with the remaining four still being dependants. Due to poverty she has been unable to afford a good education for her children, which is why they only finished high school; instead, she was forced to work hard just to feed them. However, Belen needs to move on and is looking forward to having opportunities to change their lives.

When ASHI encouraged Belen to take the opportunity of a loan, she grabbed it because she knows it could help her family achieve its dreams. She is requesting her third loan of 15,000 PHP to be used for a sari-sari (variety) store. She wants to purchase eight sacks of rice (8,000 PHP), 10 sacks of "uling" or charcoal (1,500 PHP), and other items for her sari-sari store amounting to 6,000 PHP.

Belen is looking forwards to ASHI's utmost support and is thankful for the good hearts of Kiva lenders for making her family's dreams and wishes come true. In the future, Belen would like to have a grocery store and be successful in life.

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