A loan of $200 helped to use as starting capital for buying and selling muscovado sugar.

Elizabeth's story

Elizabeth B. is an industrious mother and is blessed with a very supportive partner, Edwin Quiatchon. She is 43 years old and a resident of Guinbanga-an, Laua-an, Antique, Philippines. She has four children; the oldest is 18 years old while the youngest is 11 years old.

Due to poverty, her oldest child, John Webb, did not finish his elementary level, her second child is only in grade 6 while her third child as well as her youngest child are both in grade 3. Even though they are both industrious, they are still tied by poverty because they lack opportunities and resources. Her partner, Edwin, is a farmer while she is a laborer and housekeeper.

In 2009, ASHI came into Elizabeth's life. This was also the time when she started to open her eyes, broaden her mind and started dreaming of their future. After their training in ASHI, she received her first loan of PHP 5,000 which they invested in farming and it helped them to sustain their basic needs.

For her second loan from ASHI, she is borrowing PHP 8,500 and this amount will be utilized as starting capital for their buy-and-sell business dealing in muscovado sugar because their municipality (town) Laua-an is known as the muscovado capital of Antique. Muscovado is a type of unrefined brown sugar with a strong molasses flavor. Also known as "Barbados sugar" or "moist sugar", muscovado is very dark brown and slightly coarser and stickier than moist brown sugar. Muscovado takes its flavor and color from its source, sugar cane juice. It offers good resistance to high temperatures and has a reasonably long shelf life. It is commonly used in baking recipes and making whiskey.

Elizabeth has a simple dream in life which is to send her children to school until college and she believes that it is not too late to start again. She wishes that her membership in ASHI will help her dreams come true.

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