A loan of $200 helped buy more quantities of products like meats, rice, vegetables, condiments and seasonings.


Irenea's story

This is Irenea C., 43, a resident of Pasay City, Philippines. She is married to Juanito C.. They are blessed in their marriage to have good health and healthy physiques, which enables them to provide for themselves and their families.

Irenea operates a food stall. In the Philippines, the whole working community and most of the families only eat home-cooked meals during evenings where all of the family members are at home to take part of the meal. This is not only a usual family tradition, but a matter of convenience and frugal living. It is considered a waste of money and time to spend cooking gas and food for one to two persons, when buying cooked rice and viands (prepared dishes) costs less than raw food. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of 250 Philippine pesos (Php) in sales every day.

To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a Php8,000 loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy more quantities of products like meats, rice, vegetables, condiments and seasonings. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Irenea hopes to have her house renovated by the end of the year. She faithfully meets up with her fellowship* co-members to share stories of her work every week.

* 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.



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