A loan of $575 helped to buy fertilizer, pesticides and pay farming labor.


Erly's story

Farming is the main source of income of the family of Erly C., 33 years old and a dependable wife and a mother of 6 children. She has been a member of Ahon sa HIrap, Inc. (ASHI) – a partner MFI of KIVA in the Philippines since 2006. Her husband is a farmer but they only rent the land that they cultivate in other word they are tenants. The couples dream is to own a land where they can plant rice and vegetables and even build a house of their own. She joined ASHI with the hope that they can fulfill this dream. Gradually, with the financial assistance from KIVA they are now earning towards the fulfillment of that dream. Though her 2 eldest children have finish only high school, the couple works doubly hard to support their 4 remaining children with their schooling. Her two eldest are now working. She is applying for another loan of Php 25,000.00 to finance the needed farm supplies for their growing rice plantation. Her husband will buy sacks of fertilizer and pesticides and pay for hire farming laborers to weed the farm. She is hoping that after 3 months their profit will increase. She is always praying for the success of the partnership of ASHI and KIVA in helping poor families.



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