A loan of $800 helped to use for selling vegetables.


Florinda's story

Florinda is from San Jose, Antique. She is 55 years old. She is married and has three adult children. To make a good living, Florinda owns and operates a vegetable vending business at Trade Town of San Jose. Florinda has been engaged in her business for over 10 years and earns good profits for these activities. In 1999, Florinda aimed to join ASHI to secure access to financial services to help improve her living condition and to have the ability to engage in more business activities. Florinda has successfully repaid a previous loan from ASHI. Since she was able to repay her previous loan, she is now qualified to apply for another loan with a higher amount than the first one she had. Now, she plans to utilize this and future loans in the same business until it grows. She wishes that some day, she can put up her own stall, not rent in the public market, so that her income will increase and she will be able to give her customers convenient purchases in their village that is far away from the marketplace.

She hopes that, with the help of this KIVA field partner, she can reach her ambitions to step out from under the umbrella of poverty, develop her business, and provide for the needs of her grandchildren in school.

Florinda's aspiration for all of her children is for them to have a decent living, and this is the reason she wants her business to succeed. Her loan in ASHI is a very important factor that could lead her towards fulfillment. With her hard work, focus, and determination, Florinda is hopeful that her business ventures will continue to grow and improve the overall standard of living for her entire family.



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