Total loan: $300


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Batasan, Quezon City, NCR, Philippines / Food

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A loan helped to buy additional stocks of Balut and to add new food items to her business.

Darlyn's story

This is Darlyn, 38, a resident of Quezon City, Philippines. She is married to Bejamine, a vendor, and is a mother of five children. She and her husband share responsibility in attending to their young children while at the same time earning an income for their daily needs. Darlyn is a Balut vendor. In the Philippines, Balut is a well-known egg that is sold on the sidewalk. It is a fertilized duck egg that has not been hatched. Instead it is cooked as a boiled egg with a delicious small amount of soup inside. It is a highly nutritious food that Filipinos love to eat, especially when they feel tired, as it revitalizes their energy and strength. About 450-600 Balut eggs are boiled and sold every night. She and her husband do the selling to lessen expenses of paying commissions to vendors that will sell the eggs. They earn about 300 Philippine Pesos (PHP) in sales per day. Darlyn is requesting a loan amounting to Php 12,000 that she will use as start-up capital for her additional business, which is selling quail eggs and fried chicken skin. The remaining amount will be spent on purchasing additional Balut eggs. There is a high demand for fried chicken skin, and she wants to give it a try since her stall is located in a crowded and busy area. Darlyn dreams of having a stall located in the market. She still has to wait a little bit more to make this come true because she has to prioritize being a mother to her young children. For now, Darlyn and her husband will just continue to lean on each other to make their small business grow for the sake of their children’s future. Darlyn never fails to attend weekly fellowship* meetings as they inspire her to go on with their life no matter what the obstacles are, because she has a big God Who will never fail her. * 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.