A loan of $400 helped to buy piglets, fishing gears, nets and a canoe/wooden boat.


Jocelyn's story

Industrious, disciplined and hardworking are qualities that best describe Jocelyn B., a 42 year old. She is married to Rolando, a fisherman, and they were blessed with three children whose ages are 17, 9 and 8, a high school student and two elementary students.

It was the year 2004 when she became a member of Ahon sa Hirap, Inc. a partner micro-finance institution of KIVA in the Philippines. She is one of the good performing members of ASHI. Though she is active, she only borrows capital that she thinks she can regularly repay. The family income is only enough for their daily needs and school expenses for their children.

After seven long years she has gained confidence and is now applying for a loan of 17,000 PHP to buy additional fishing gear, nets and a canoe or wooden boat for her husband to use. She will also buy additional piglets for her hog raising business. Fishing and hog raising have been their primary sources of income for the past seven years, and they have really benefited from it. Their future plan is to develop these businesses more and make them stable so as to be able to sustain the education of their children. They also plan to renovate their current house and buy additional appliances.

Jocelyn is so glad that she became a member of ASHI and KIVA because their life has improved since then and their dream is now at hand. She hopes and prays that the two institutions will continue to support her goals for herself and her family.



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