A loan of $875 helped to buy sacks of rice, white sugar, washed sugar, brown sugar, cigarettes, canned goods, candies, soft drinks, cooking oil, and other supplies.


Iluminada's story

Iluminada is a 46-year-old woman who is married and blessed with eight children. They are living in Dalig, Antipolo City, which is in Rizal Province in the Philippines. She is a woman who has big dreams to overcome all challenges in order to achieve her goals in life. She and her husband have worked very hard to raise their big family. Despite the many hardships she encountered, she was able to send all of their eight children to school.


She joined Ahon SA Hirap Inc. (ASHI), a microfinance institution and Kiva partner in the Philippines, in 2001. For almost eight years in ASHI, she has shown good performance, so she is being trusted by the institution for further loans.


She runs a variety store with a little carenderia (stall selling foods ready to eat). She started her variety store based on her idea of dealing with customers. Her business is growing because the members of the community in her neighborhood like her products and find what they need in her store instead of going to other places. She is requesting a loan of 40,000 Philippine pesos as her eleventh loan from ASHI to pay for items including sacks of rice, white sugar, washed sugar, brown sugar, cigarettes, canned goods, candies, soft drinks, and cooking oil.


She dreams of growing her variety store into a mini-grocery store. Her children are her motivation to continue in her business. She dreams of sending her children to school and hopes that they will complete a degree in college. Iluminada now feels very happy about her work and the service of ASHI and Kiva. Now, the couple is enjoying seeing that the loans from ASHI change their lives and give them bigger chances of making their dreams come true.



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