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Rowena B. is from the pottery capital of Antique, Bari, Sibalom, Antique, Philippines. She is 36 years old, a widow and the mother of three children. Her eldest child is 15 years old while the youngest is 7 years old. They are all students.

Like other mothers she is always hoping for the betterment of her children and the whole family. When she became a widow, she had difficulty in providing for the needs of the family, but she is the kind of mother who does not give up, especially in providing the needs of her children.

Because of her personality and abilities, she was elected as center chief of Bari center 6 of the ASHI Antique Southeast Branch. As a member, she maintains her good performance because she believes that a leader must be a good follower.

She earns an income through buying and selling pottery. The income that she earns from this business really helps her to sustain the basic needs of her family, especially the educational expenses of her children.

For her next loan, she wishes to apply for 25,000 PHP. This amount will be used as additional capital in her pottery business.

Her greatest dream is that all of her children will finish their studies so that they can get a better job. She also dreams of getting a bigger income out of this business so they can own a house and lot someday.

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About ASHI

Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc. has the distinction of being the oldest existing replication of Grameen methodology for delivering credit to the poor in the Philippines. With more than a third of the nation’s 90 million Filipinos living below the poverty line, ASHI was established with the vision of helping to alleviate poverty in the Philippines. Translated from Tagalog, Ahon Sa Hirap means “to rise above poverty.”

Empowering women dedicated to supporting their families through hard work and dedication, ASHI lends 100% to women and specifically the bottom 50%, so the “poorest of the poor.” In addition to general business loans, ASHI also offers educational loans, house repair loans, savings funds, and social development programs for its members. ASHI is committed to translating its social mission into practice.

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  • $7,000
    Average annual income
  • 448
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $69,731,675
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 43.0
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD