A loan of $325 helped to buy additional grocery products to sell.

Meryline's story

"Industrious" is a characteristic that best describes Meryline A., a married 42-year-old. She and her partner were blessed with two children, a 14-year-old high school student and an 11-year-old 5th grader. The couple is full of hopes and dreams, especially for their children. As much as possible, education is their priority for their children, and also to provide their basic needs for a better life.

Meryline joined Ahon sa HIrap, Inc. (ASHI) - a partner micro-finance institution of KIVA - in the Philippines in 2006. The couple agreed on this decision to join the program. Her previous loans were utilized by financing a retail store. Today the store is their primary source of income aside from the income of her husband from his work.

She is glad that she was able to help her husband with their financial needs without leaving her household chores, and was able to finance a new project from her earnings, which is doormat weaving. Now she is applying for a loan of 13,500 PHP to use as additional capital for buying grocery products to sell, such as canned goods, sacks of rice and sugar, cases of soft drinks, liquors, cigarettes, bath and detergent soaps, toothpaste, shampoo and assorted noodles.

She is hopeful that with this new capital she can start saving in preparation for her children's future schooling and for renovation of their house. She is also planning to establish a new grocery store to increase her profit. She hopes that ASHI and KIVA will support her all the way in achieving her goals in life.

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