A loan of $750 helped to purchase additional grocery items and beverages for her sari-sari store.


Lilia's story

Through her membership in ASHI, 57-year-old Lilia P. has been able to develop self-confidence in dealing with other people. Her sweet and bitter experiences with her co-members in the ASHI center she belongs to, strengthens her determination and has made her tough enough to go on with her mission for herself and her family. Lilia is one of the poorest mothers in her community. She is a widow and the sole provider of her two children whose ages now are 21 and 25. Despite her family incurring too many expenses in excess of the income she makes from her sari-sari (variety) store business, which is financed by the loans she receives from ASHI, Lilia is always hopeful that she will be able to keep her business, even if it is not yet growing. With ASHI and the larger amount of loan she can request, in time Lilia will be able to grow her business and make it more stable and profitable. By then, along with her children, she will be able to realize her vision of living a better kind of life. For now, all of them are helping each other and supporting each other’s needs. Lilia’s eldest child has a sporadic and small income being a small-time fisherman; her youngest is a hired driver.



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