Total loan: $450


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Davao City, Davao Region, Philippines / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a volume of raw materials such as cloth, zippers, sliders, thread, and other accessories for his ethnic bag making.

Levi's story

Levi, 54 years old, creates different sizes and styles of bags with the use of beautifully designed ethnic cloth, commonly known in the Philippines as “batik”. He has a great appreciation for indigenous people’s creativity and he strives to promote it by using their intricately woven or printed cloth as raw materials for his products. He distributes the finished bags to stores that sell native products. Sometimes he accepts bulk orders from companies that use his products as gifts to employees and guests. It’s really attractive to foreign and local tourists who usually visit their area.

Levi has hired three employees to help him, from the purchasing of raw materials to sewing, designing and marketing. His wife, Cecilia, is also a skilled sewer who lovingly assists him at all times. Despite some problems like delayed collection of payments, they persist because it’s their source of livelihood. Their employees also depend on it. Levi would like to enhance his business and buy a volume of raw materials such as cloth, zippers, sliders, thread, and other accessories for his business. Additional capital amounting to PHP 20,000 would be enough to meet his need. This will not only help him generate higher income and savings, but most importantly, it will endorse the use of locally made products and uphold the creativity of indigenous people.

Levi dreams for genuine happiness and a peaceful life with his wife and children. He wants to serve God together with them and his employees. He meets with his co-fellowship* members every week to share stories of his 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.