A loan of $250 helped to pay for medical supplies, which she will resell to customers.

Mary Irene's story

This is Mary Irene, 28, a resident of Dasmariñas, Cavite, Philippines. She is still single and lives with her parents. She helps them manage their household, while she is also attending to her business. She is working hard to provide for her everyday needs, and to be able to help her family as well.

Mary Irene sells medical supplies. She gets them from a supplier, who sells to her with a discount. She then sells the supplies with a little profit. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of 3,500 Philippine pesos (PHP) in sales, every week.

To help her continue the operation of her business, she is requesting a 10,000 PHP loan. She will use the loan to buy additional medical supplies, such as cotton, alcohol, Terumo syringes with needles, tissue and other supplies.

Mary Irene hopes to expand her business and dreams of having a better living. She meets with her co-fellowship members* every week, to share stories of her life and business and to draw strength and inspiration from the group members and the Word of God.

* 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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