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Liza is an example of a strong woman who can thrive and make a living for her family. A 42-year-old mother of four (Razel, Larry, Raquel and John Paul), she lives in Antipolo, Rizal in the Philippines.

Liza’s main goal is to build a sustainable business to meet the needs of her family; she was thus encouraged to join ASHI, the first KIVA partner in the Philippines, in 1999. The previous loans she received from ASHI were carefully invested in her sari-sari (variety) store. Since then, her business has been performing well and earning her sufficient profit.

Liza needs working capital to help boost her business for increased profit making. She is requesting a new loan of 25,000 PHP as additional capital for her variety store, to be used to pay for groceries for her enterprise.

Liza is optimistic that she can achieve her dreams of providing a good life for her family. Her long term-goal is for her 4 children to finish their studies until they complete their college degrees. She hopes that these dreams will come true and that ASHI will give the best direction and opportunity to her family. Liza is very happy to be a Kiva borrower and says thank you for offering financial support to her business dreams.

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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.

About Philippines

  • $7,000
    Average annual income
  • 401
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $70,824,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 43.9
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD