A loan of $1,200 helped to pay for grocery items and products needed in her business.

Isabel's story

Isabel is 45 and a resident of Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines. She is married to Lolito, a driver. Isabel is the mother of six children. She and her husband manage their household while operating their business. Isabel works hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Isabel operates a variety store. In the Philippines, a variety store is a small convenience store that sells groceries, toiletries and beverages in a piecemeal fashion to the local neighborhood. It is the place to go to buy one sachet of shampoo or one egg. Isabel buys supplies at wholesale prices and sells them as individual items. Her store is located adjacent to her house. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. Isabel earns a minimum of 500 Philippine Pesos (PHP) every day.

Isabel is requesting a PHP 50,000 loan to help her continue business operations. She will use the loan to buy groceries, toiletries, beverages and other products to add to her inventory. She expects a boost in her income as she expands her business.

Isabel hopes to be able to expand her business soon and dreams of giving her family a good future. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship* members every week to share stories of her work and draw strength and inspiration from the Word of God that she studies.

* All CCT community partners / clients are organized into fellowship groups that meet on a weekly basis. A fellowship group is composed of 15 to 30 community partners. The fellowship groups gather each week to study the Word of God, build social capital, and repay Micro Finance loans.

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