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Gerlita is 45 year old woman with a motorcycle transport business. Her service is very much needed by the people living in the municipality of Hamtic, and especially the villagers of Malandog. She started her business with a P 5000 loan from ASHI, and now owns two motorcycles. She earns extra money by raising Bangus fish fry. The extra income is a big help in meeting her daily needs and educating her children.

Gerlita dreams of adding a sidecar to her motorcycle to make it into a tricycle. She would like to use the additional passenger income for her children’s education so that they, too, will one day have good and stable jobs.

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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
  • 326
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $70,768,400
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 48.7
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $300 helped Gerlita purchasing the needed materials for motorcycle.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 9, 2009
Mar 9, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 15, 2010