A loan of $500 helped to pay for additional stock of supplies and products needed in her business.

Maria's story

This is Maria, 52, a resident of Manila, Philippines. She is married to Decoroso and is a mother to her children. She, together with her husband, manages their own household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for her everyday expenses.

Maria operates a buying and selling business. What she basically does is buy clothes and shoes from wholesalers, then sells them with a little profit. Her products are t-shirts for men and women, shorts, shoes and other products of the like. Customers are attracted to buy due to the low selling prices and the many options she offers. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of 300 Philippine Pesos (PHP) in sales every day.

To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a PHP 20,000 loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy additional stock of supplies and products to expand her product inventory. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Maria hopes to be able to expand her business in the coming years. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her work every week, and this is where she can also 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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