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Total loan: $575
GMA, Cavite, Calabarzon, Philippines / Transportation
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A loan helped to pay for jeepney tires and the repair of its passenger seat.
This borrower's name is Belinda. She is 41 and a resident of GMA, Cavite, Philippines. Belinda is married to Ramil and has two children. She manages their household while operating a jeepney business. They work hard to provide income for their everyday expenses. Belinda owns and oversees operation of her jeepney. She has one (14-16 person capacity) jeepney. Jeepneys are the most common form of public transport throughout the many islands of the Philippines. Most of the time, the jeepneys are constantly packed with passengers. Jeepneys offer one of the cheapest ways of getting somewhere. They are one of the remnants of the American military presence in the Philippines during the second World War and are still to be seen throughout the Philippines, in many colors and all over the place. Originally, jeepneys were old American jeeps. They were used in the war against the Japanese army who occupied the Philippines for several years. After the Japanese army was defeated and the American military mission was completed, the jeeps were left by the tens of thousands on the islands in the Philippines.The Filipinos saw possibilities to make out of these jeeps. They saw a real means of transportation by making these jeeps about two meters longer and by putting two long seats in them, one on each side from the front to the back. Since then, jeepneys have been used as small buses for cheap transport of people, goods, and even sometimes little animals. Jeepney transport service is one of the stable businesses in the Philippines. To help her continue operations of her business, Belinda is requesting a PHP 25,000 loan which she will use for repairs of jeepney's passenger seat and to replace its tires. It is very important that her unit is always in good running condition to ensure efficient service. Her husband drives it, so she is assured that her jeepney is well taken care of. Her earnings from the jeep provide for their daily needs and the school needs of her children. She is thanking God and you in advance for the financial help that will be given her. Belinda hopes that their transport service will continue to be successful. She dreams for her children to get the best education. She prays for the safety of her husband in driving and for a better future for all of them. Every week, she faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship members* to share stories of her work and draw strength and inspiration from the word of God she studies. * All Center for Community Transformation (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 microfinance loans.