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Feliza A. is 67 years old and is a hardworking and strong mother. She is a widow and, being both father and mother at the same time, she took the responsibility of taking care of her six children.

Feliza joined Ahon sa Hirap, Inc. (ASHI), a microfinance institution and Kiva partner in the Philippines, in 1996. ASHI played an important role in her dreams for her family and that’s why she maintains an outstanding performance as a member of the institution. She used the financial assistance that ASHI provided in her dressmaking business with which she earns her living. She was able to send her children to vocational school and support their daily needs. Today all her children have their own jobs.

As the years pass by, Feliza’s business continues to prosper and her number of customers is increasing. She is applying for another loan of 45,000 pesos to buy raw materials for her dressmaking business and to improve her sewing production space.

Feliza’s dream is to build a dress shop, to buy more sewing machines and to hire sewers to meet the demands of her customers. She wants to provide employment in their community to help eradicate poverty. She will save the profits from this loan to continue her business plan.

Feliza prays that ASHI and Kiva will continue to support her, not just in her business plan, but also in her good intentions.

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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
  • 459
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $69,741,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 43.9
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,025 helped Feliza to buy raw materials for her dressmaking business and to improve her sewing production space.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 16, 2010
Sep 24, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 1, 2011