A loan of $600 helped to buy raw materials needed for her bamboo furniture making business.


Rhodora's story

Rhodora H. had always dreamed of seeing her four children graduate with degrees. This is because educational attainment is one of the major factors for gaining employment. The couple believes that education is wealth that others can’t steal. For this reason, they are working hard to give the best education for their 4 children.

Rhodora wants to find a way to improve her family's quality of living. To this end, she joined Kiva partner, ASHI, and felt very happy to be given the chance to access working capital. The first few loans she received enabled her to operate her bamboo furniture making business. The profit from this business has been the main source of family income. Now that she and her husband Mamerto, have secured access to capital, her profits have improved. For that reason, she is now requesting another ASHI loan through Kiva for a much larger amount. Specifically the loan fund will be used for buying raw materials needed for her business. This will enable her to grow their business further so that they will have savings in the future. Her long term dreams are to continue supporting her children as well as building a stronger home that can withstand flooding common in her province.

A dedicated member of ASHI since 2007, Rhodora has been a model member demonstrating regular attendance at weekly meetings and timely repayments on loans. Since joining ASHI, she has gained more self-confidence as a businesswoman and entrepreneur managing her own venture.



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