A loan of $1,225 helped to pay for calamansi (Panama orange) scent, other ingredients and bottles needed for her business.

Benilda's story

This is Benilda, 48, a resident of Payatas, Philippines. She is married to Eduardo, who is on a maintenance staff, and she is a mother to her children. She and her husband manage their own household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Benilda has a calamansi (Panama orange) scent business. She buys the ingredients needed and then mixes them to come up with the desired scent. The main ingredients of the scent is calamansi. She then retails them to some stores. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the nearby communities. She earns a minimum of PHP 4000 in sales every week.

To help her continue operation of her business, she is requesting a PHP 50,000 loan. She will use the loan to buy more stocks of coco lumber for her business. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Benilda dreams to grow her business in the coming years and hopes to give her children a quality education. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship members to share stories of her work every week 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 pay Micro Finance loans.

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