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Crisanta S. J. comes from Jala-jala, Rizal province, in the Philippines. She is a 53-year-old woman, is married, and is the mother of an only child, Jomar S. J.. For her age, Crisanta is seen as strong and determined to improve their standard of living.

Crisanta operates a passenger jeepney (a small bus) and tends to a fishing business at the same time. She started these businesses only when ASHI gave her an opportunity to obtain a loan. The businesses are a big help for the family in covering their expenses and to set aside savings for the future.

The couple is requesting a loan of PhP 40,000 to pay for a radiator, brake drum, signal lights, wheels and other spare parts for the jeepney. The proceeds of her business give her money to support the immediate and basic needs of her family.

Crisanta hopes that her business will become successful someday. Along with the business success she is dreaming about, is the hope to see the graduation of her only son at college level and to see him find a stable job. She also still dreams of having a durable and concrete house of her own and to save for her family’s future.

Crisanta wants to thank ASHI and Kiva lenders who are sponsoring this loan. That is one of the greatest opportunities for her to start reaching for her goals.

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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
  • 535
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $69,906,675
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 45.9
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $875 helped Crisanta to buy spare parts for her jeepney.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 9, 2009
Jan 8, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 15, 2010