A loan of $550 helped to purchase a large volume of fish to sell.


Thelma's story

44 year-old Thelma O. has been an active member of ASHI since the time she joined. Despite the interest rate ASHi charges her for the loans she has received, she was inspired by the fact that she had a means of financial assistance which enabled her to have and grow a business.

Aside from ASHI, no one in their village would have entrusted a loan to someone as poor as she was because her capacity to repay was doubtful. Therefore, Thelma’s dream of uplifting her family’s standard of living in that case would have been hampered.

When Thelma started receiving loans from ASHI, she and her husband had been selling fish. The profit from this is her family’s main source of cash flow. Though it is not yet large, Thelma and her family are happy about it because their lives have improved a bit. She was able to support the education of her only child in elementary school and she hopes that by growing her business further she will be able to support her child’s education until she graduates from college.

With this intention, Thelma is requesting a much larger loan from Kiva through ASHI. Her husband is supporting this decision of hers and is also excited to help her grow their business as well as their profit so that they can have savings for their future needs.



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