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Total loan: $550


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General Santos City, South Cotabato, SOCCSKSARGEN, Philippines / Food

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A loan helped to buy more bananas, sweet potatoes, sugar, and cooking oil for her food stall business.

Gemma's story

It’s not impossible to for a vendor to own a decent house for her family someday. This is the principle of Gemma, 54, from Calumpang, General Santos City, South Cotabato who prepares and sells banana cue and camote (sweet potato) cue in a stall near a city high school in their community. Banana cue is made from “saba” (a type of banana) while camote cue is sweet potato, deeply fried and coated with caramelized sugar. Two to three pieces are skewered on a bamboo stick which is usually more than enough of a serving for one person. This is appealing for students because a one-stick serving sold at a meager price fills the stomach. The increasing demand for her product led her to employ four helpers. Therefore her business not only sustains her family’s needs but also the needs of her four helpers. In this way, she is a blessing to them. As a faithful member of the Baptist Church, she aims to continue being a blessing to others through her business. She applied for a PHP 25,000 loan to buy more bananas, sweet potatoes, sugar, and cooking oil for her food stall business. She hopes you could help her as she strives to help others too. She’s married to Jesus and they are blessed with five children. The whole family works hard to fully pay for their lot located in a village and subsequently build a better house for better living conditions. 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 fellowship 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 microfinance loans.