A loan of $325 helped will be used to purchase utensils and ingredients for cooking food to sell.

Maricel's story

Maricel P., 24, just joined ASHI in 2009. Her early marriage and motherhood pushed her capabilities in running a small business. She had no other way to change her life, as well as her two children’s lives, as she depended on her husband’s small income as a motorcycle technician. She is not even a graduate of college (because she came from a poor family) to be employed in offices or have a better paying job. Because of that, Maricel opened her eyes to see more options for having her own income; hence, she thought of her skill in cooking food. She thought that maybe, selling food as her business would provide her an income which she could use to augment her husband’s.

When she became a member of ASHI, the loan she received was used to start her envisioned business. She gained a lot of customers from the neighborhood and even from other villages. After six months, she had fully repaid her loan and had improved their life a little. Her second loan, with a much larger amount, enhanced further her business; however, to fully achieve her dream of having a restaurant, she needs more loans. Therefore, after just recently paying off her second loan, Maricel is again requesting a loan of 15,000 Philippine pesos. This will be used for the same purpose. Some of the proceeds of her business will be spent for obtaining her family’s basic needs, while some will be saved for her two children, whose ages are 2 and 5.

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