A loan of $925 helped to purchase inventory of groceries for her store, more stock of fruits to sell, and to support the maintenance of their tricycle.

Nelly's story

Nelly is 50 years old and is married to Norberto. This couple has two children, both of whom are dependent upon their parents. The children are aged 13 years old and 11 years old. Nelly and her husband work hard but their income is very small and they didn't even have capital to start up a business.

In 2003, Nelly heard about ASHI. Her dream of having a stable life with a stable house and to start a business became possible. When she received her first and succeeding loans from ASHI, Nelly started her own business of a fruit stall in the local community. It has been a few long years now that she has had this kind of business. The fruit stall has been a great help to her family. As a busy entrepreneur, Nelly also embarked on a tricycle (motorcycle with sidecar) transport business. Her husband manages this business.

However, the demands of her family grows as the years go by. So, she now aspires to have another business that can add to her present income in order to have bigger profits and more savings. She came up with the idea of operating sari-sari (variety) store. It has been a great success! Nelly earned a good income and she wants to have more investment in the sari-sari store. For her 12th loan, she is proposing a new loan amounting to PHP 40,000.00 to expand her three ventures. The loan fund will specifically be used to purchase an inventory of groceries for her store, more stock of fruits to sell, and support the maintenance of their tricycle.

With this kind of business, Nelly can still manage her previous fruit stall business because either she or her husband can operate their sari-sari (variety) store at home. Someday, as her income increases, she dreams of funding her children’s education until they each complete a college degree and have professional jobs in the future. Her greatest dreams are of lifting her family out of poverty and to have happy living.

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