A loan of $625 helped to pay for grocery items and products needed in her business.

Victoria's story

Victoria, 52, is a resident of Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines. She is married to Tom, a driver, and has children. She and her husband manage their household while operating the business. Victoria works hard to continually provide income for the family's everyday expenses.

Victoria operates a variety store which, in the Philippines, is basically a small convenience store which retails groceries, toiletries and beverages piecemeal to the local neighborhood. It is the place to go to buy one sachet of shampoo, PHP 5 worth of cooking oil, or an egg. Victoria earns an income by getting supplies at wholesale prices and selling by the piece. She also has a cellphone loading station. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. Victoria earns a minimum of PHP 600 in sales every day.

To help her continue operations of her business, Victoria is requesting a PHP 25,000 loan, which she will use to buy groceries, toiletries and beverages to expand her product inventory. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Victoria dreams of giving her family a good life through all her hard work on her business. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship* members weekly to share stories of her work and to draw strength and inspiration from the Word of God 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 microfinance loans.

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