A loan of $1,050 helped to purchase high-breed piglets for her hog breeding and fattening business.

Lerma's story

56-year-old Lerma G. is a very simple and well-mannered woman. She dreams of having a life that is plain and peaceful along with her very loving and supportive husband and children.

Without much in the way of educational achievements and exposure to other people, Lerma was shy and reserved. However, to raise her children well and have them attain a college degree, she tried to overcome her inferiority complex. Her husband supports all her endeavors to develop her self-confidence.

Aside from dreaming of having her own business to augment the income of her husband as a technician in the Department of Agriculture, Lerma also dreams of seeing herself making friends with other women in their village and wishes to become an inspiration to her fellow poor mothers.

In 1998, Lerma joined ASHI and received a loan. It was the first time she joined an institution and she felt excited receiving the loan she requested. With that loan, and succeeding loans she received, the hog-fattening and hog-breeding business she put up with the support of her husband has grown bigger.

They became known to people in town and from other towns because of the good quality of the piglets they breed for selling. They also have a boar-for-hire business which is managed by Lerma’s husband and her youngest son. With that business, Lerma has been able to have a cash flow for the education of her children.

Lerma was inspired to work really hard because she saw a lot of potential in her children and they were very determined to have a college degree. Now all of them have their own families to support, yet Lerma is very happy because they have all graduated from college. At least now, she can focus to making her business stable and put up a savings fund for her and her husband’s old age. She doesn’t want to bother her children anymore about their financial needs because she understands that they have their own lives to take care of.

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