A loan of $875 helped to buy more quantities of products like meats, rice, vegetables, condiments and seasonings.

Lourdes's story

This is Lourdes G., 60, resident of Pasay City, Philippines. Widowed and left to support her child, Lourdes works hard to be able to do so. By the grace of God, Lourdes has managed to support her child's schooling up to college level. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide for her family. A dream for most Filipino parents like Lourdes, as she herself has been a college undergraduate and believes that a college diploma is the best inheritance parents could leave to their children.

Lourdes operates a food stall. In the Philippines, the whole working community and most of the families only eat home-cooked meals during evenings when all of the family members are at home to take part in 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 cost less than raw food. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of Php350 in sales every day.

To help her continue operation of her business, she is requesting a Php38,000 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.

Lourdes dreams of being able to give her child a good and high quality education through all her hard work in her business. She also hopes to have her house renovated by the end of the year. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship* 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 Micro Finance loans.

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