Total loan: $1,075


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

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A loan helped to buy school supplies, grocery items, and sacks of rice for her store.

Emelyn's story

“Sari-sari” or variety store is a usual enterprise in the Philippines. The proliferation of this business makes the competition stiff, hence store owners try many techniques to make it stable and competitive.

Emelyn, 52, from Fatima, General Santos City adds photocopying services to her variety store business. In this way, students who want to photocopy some documents can be her captured buyers. Her income helps sustain their daily expenditures and supplements her husband’s salary as a government employee. But her forward-looking mindset drives her to further improve her business. She aspires to buy school supplies to combine with the photocopying services. Aside from this, she will also retail cellphone load, buy additional grocery items and sacks of rice. A loan worth PHP 50,000 would be enough for this purpose. It will surely bring higher profits for her and her family.

In due time, Emelyn hopes that she can convert her sari-sari into a big grocery store with wide array of merchandise. She prays for a more comfortable life in the near future. She regularly 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 Micro Finance loans.