A loan of $1,000 helped to pay for sacks of rice, canned goods, beverages, and laundry products to sell.


Teysay's story

Her name is Teysay. She is aged 43, and a resident of General Trias, Cavite, Philippines. Her life partner is a bus driver, and they have children who are schooling. She is thankful to have learned of Kiva and CCT, whose mission is to help small businesspeople like her.

Her ten-year-old "sari-sari" store has grown over time, and it is where she gets her means for their daily living. "Sari-sari" is a Tagalog word meaning variety, and a sari-sari store is a small neighborhood retail shop, typically run by a woman micro-entrepreneur from her home. She buys packaged food items, beverages, and toiletries from wholesalers and malls, and then she sells them at a retail price.

In order to grow her sales, Teysay is humbly requesting to borrow some amount. She will use it to buy several sacks of rice, boxes of canned goods, packaged food items, and laundry products. A more varied and complete inventory of grocery items will make her store more competitive.

Teysay's simple dream is to see her children walk across a stage, to receive their college diplomas. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship members* every week, to share stories of her work. At the meetings, she can also draw strength and inspiration from the Word of God she studies.


* 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 repay microfinance loans.


This loan is special because:

It's part of the partner's mission to empower communities through financial services and spiritual direction.



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