A loan of $1,700 helped a member to purchase piglets to raise and sell.


Arceli's Group's story

Arceli B. is from the village of Cabisera 25. She is the group leader of an eight-member group loan offered by ASKI. While each member of the group receives an individual loan, they are all collectively responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members if someone is delinquent or defaults. The official name of this borrowing group is Arceli B.’s Group. Arceli is 45 years old, is married, and has three school-aged children. She owns and operates a business raising pigs for fattening and for sale. She has been engaged in her business for over six years and earns approximately 5,000 PHP a month. In 2008, Arceli joined ASKI to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and her ability to engage in business activities. She has successfully repaid a previous loan of 10,000 PHP from ASKI. This previous loan was used to purchase piglets to raise and sell. Arceli is requesting a new loan of 15,000 PHP which will again be used to purchase piglets to raise and sell. This loan will be her fifth from ASKI. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve and expand her business. About ASKI: ASKI is one of the most successful microfinance institutions in the Philippines. It has twenty-one branches covering the Central and Northeastern areas. Its clients are mostly of farmers, fisherfolk and small entrepreneurs. *Note: To maximize efficiency and reduce costs, this loan was posted using a template to automate the translation by Kiva. Given that manual translation of entrepreneur profiles is costly, Kiva created this template for our Field Partner to allow them to continue to post loans in English while providing quality and accurate information to Kiva lenders.

In this group: Arceli, Teresita, Milagros, Carlina, Wilma, Zenaida, Anastacia, Carmelita
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