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Despite being poor and having limited access to a lot of opportunities to improve herself and life, having been married and becoming a mother to her two-year-old only child at an early age, Ronnah felt happy and blessed when she became a member of ASHI in 2008. Aside from being able to receive a loan and finance her own business, she is happy about the opportunity of meeting other women and mothers in their village and listening to their sharing of experiences in growing a business and how they balance their own career being a wife and mother at the same time as a business woman. Aside from her family, members of ASHI in the center she belongs to are her inspiration to become a better and more productive woman.

Ronnah wants to support the education of her only child until she graduates from college. Therefore she has started growing her small “sari-sari” store now while Jorin Mikaela, her daughter, is still young. “Sari-sari” means a small volume of various grocery items, foodstuffs, beverages and other commodities. People tend to buy things they need from here than going to market and spending carfare. Profit gained from this business is Ronnah’s means of supporting the needs of her family. She also wants to start up a hog fattening and hog-raising business in their backyard through the loan she requests, so that her father whom she supports will have his own means to earn an income.

Looking forward to her small “sari-sari” store turning into a big grocery store which sells complete commodities through loans she can access through ASHI, Ronnah hopes to build up a savings fund to finance her dream of building their own house and living independently from her father.

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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
  • 350
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $70,796,875
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 46.6
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $325 helped Ronnah to purchase a large volume of various grocery items, etc.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 6, 2010
Jun 1, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 7, 2011