A loan of $700 helped buying a "tricycle" to transport their ice cream.

Elarian's story

Elarian S. is a 41-year-old from Centro Norte, Culasi Antique, Philippines married to Emelio S.. The fruit of their sweetest love are their four children. Her eldest child is already 14 years old while the youngest is 6 years old and all of them are still studying. Ice cream vending is their primary source of income; this is where they get money for their daily expenses.

Since all of their children are studying, they must strive hard in order to survive and meet the basic needs of the family. They wake up early in the morning just to prepare the ice cream because after their breakfast her husband sells that ice cream in the nearby neighborhoods. As food vendors, they maintain the quality of their products so that they gain more customers because they say, customers are very important in business.

Aside from ice cream vending, Elarian also makes salted and coated peanuts and she sells them to their neighbors and distributes to some stores.

Elarian has been an active member of ASHI Antique North Branch since 2005. She maintains 100% rate in repayment, attendance and project. She has also accessed incentive loans of ASHI such as House Repair Loan and Educational Loan because of her good performance as a member.

Her biggest dream is to improve their production and to send their children to school until college. She wants their children to become professionals someday. They also wish that someday their business will improve so that they can help their relatives and neighbors by providing jobs for them.

For her next loan in ASHI, Elarian is planning to buy a tricycle (three-wheeled transport vehicle), so that their products will reach to other neighborhoods and municipalities especially since the fiesta in some neighborhoods in Culasi is approaching.

During fiesta and summer days, ice cream sells quickly; that is why they want to take this opportunity. She needs Php 30,000 in order to realize these dreams and if this request is granted, it would be a great help to them in providing for the basic needs of the family.

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