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Purita is a 54-year old woman, married and blessed with 3 children. They are currently living at Lagundi, Morong Rizal, Philippines. She is also a woman of strong faith to overcome all challenges to achieve her dreams.

In 2000, she joined ASHI (Ahon SA Hirap Inc.) a microfinance institution and KIVA partner in the Philippines. As a member of ASHI for almost nine years, she has shown very good performance in her credit rating (basis of loans); therefore, she is being trusted by the institution to acquire larger loans.

She runs a variety store with a frozen foods section and also a little carenderia (ready-to-eat food). She started her variety store through her initiative and knowledge of dealing with customers. Her business is growing because the people in her neighborhood like her products and find what they need in her store instead of going to the town proper. She is requesting a loan of PHP 45,000.00 to use for additional capital to improve her business and her income.

She dreams of growing her variety store into a mini-grocery store and expanding it to other places. Her children are her inspiration to pursue her variety store business. She hopes that this business will be the source of income to finance the needs of her family and to have a comfortable house to live in.
Purita now feels very happy about her work and the service of ASHI and Kiva. It offers her big opportunities to make her dreams come true. She is grateful to ASHI for supporting people like her who want to work and get ahead. She hopes that they continue this way for a long time and help many families and enterprising women.

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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
  • 457
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $69,802,850
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 46.1
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Purita to buy a variety of goods for her general store, including frozen foods and ready-to-eat food.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 1, 2009
Dec 15, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 15, 2010