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Just like other members of the ASHI center where 35-year-old Esperanza P. is a member, she also raises pigs in her backyard for breeding and fattening. Once her gilt (mother pig) gives birth, piglets will be raised and fattened for four months and thereafter sold either alive or slaughtered. Loans she avails of through her membership in ASHI finance the purchase of food and required vaccinations for her piglets and pigs until they are grown and ready to be disposed. Profit she gains out of this business is a great help in supporting her dream of uplifting her family's standard of living.

Esperanza’s husband is a village councilor, and his honorarium received every month is too small to cover the needs of his family, especially once their three children, whose ages now are from 8 to 11, have to go to college. With that, Esperanza’s ability to avail of loans through ASHI is a great opportunity for her to grow her small backyard hog-breeding business into a piggery. Some of her proceeds will be saved to finance her ambition of building a concrete house for the safety of her family.

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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
  • 374
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $70,809,250
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 45.3
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $350 helped Esperanza to purchase piglets and food for fattening and breeding them.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 20, 2010
Jun 1, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 30, 2011