A loan of $475 helped to buy products like groceries, toiletries and beverages to expand her product inventory.

Genie's story

Genie T., aged 57, is a resident of Caloocan City, Philippines. She is married to Roel T. and mother to four hard-working young adults. By the grace of God, Genie has managed to support her children's schooling up to college level. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Genie operates a variety store. In the Philippines, a variety store is basically a small convenience store which retails groceries, toiletries and beverages piecemeal to the local neighborhood. It is the place to go for to buy one sachet of shampoo, PHP 5-worth of cooking oil or an egg. She earns by buying supplies at wholesale price and selling at the piece rate. Her store is located adjacent to her house. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of PHP 300 in sales every day.

To help her continue operating her business, she is requesting a PHP 20,000 loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy more products like groceries, toiletries and beverages to expand her product inventory. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Genie dreams of being able to renovate her house soon, with all of her work with the business. 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 microfinance loans.

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