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Maria Luz
Forty-five-year-old Maria Luz O. has no regrets at having six children. Despite being poor, as a mother she makes sure that she brings up her children so that they are responsible for their own selves and other people. She believes that poverty does not hinder them from being raised with good moral character and values. In order to support their basic needs, she and her fisherman husband work hard to earn money. Education is their top priority and their only hope is for a brighter future for their children. Even though she failed with her eldest daughter, she is still hoping to see that her second child, who is now in the second year of college, and the rest of her children, earn a college degree.

To be able to make her dream for her children and family come true, Maria Luz and her husband agreed to join ASHI and requested a loan. Maria really wants to grow and stabilize her present income-generating activity, which is fish selling, to augment her husband’s income. She knows that being a productive wife is very important to improving their standard of living.

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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
  • 377
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $70,831,400
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 46.5
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD