A loan of $250 helped to use as capital for fish selling business.


Clarita's story

Clarita G. is 59 years old and a widow with three children. She is a resident of Malabor, Tibiao Antique, Philippines. Her husband died five years ago and she has taken on the role of being both mother and father to her children. Her eldest child is 27 years old and her youngest is nine. Because of poverty, two of her children have only completed high school, but she has never lost hope because she has still one child who is studying.

After her husband died, Clarita focused much of her time on fish vending to move on and to provide for the needs of her family. She doubled up her work efforts because she did not want her children to go hungry or get sick. Clarita hopes that at least one of her children will finish college because she knows that it is very difficult to find work without a good education.

In 2009, Clarita had the opportunity to join ASHI when ASHI ANB opened an expansion program. Clarita’s dreams were the basic requirements of membership. Her first loan was for 5,000 PHP which she used to expand her fish selling business.

Clarita is requesting a second loan of 10,000 PHP to use as additional capital for her business. The income that she will gain will be a great help to provide for her family and support her child who is still studying. Clarita also dreams that her business will improve with the help of ASHI and Kiva, and she hopes to expand her fish selling business to the wholesale level if she has enough capital.



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