A loan of $825 helped to pay for grocery items and other products for her store.

Lea's story

This is Lea, 32, a resident of Baseco, Manila, Philippines. She is a mother of one and married to Renato, a security guard. She and her husband manage their own household while operating a business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Lea operates a variety store. In the Philippines, a variety store is basically a small convenience store that sells groceries, toiletries and beverages piecemeal to the local neighborhood. It is the place to go to buy one sachet of shampoo, cooking oil, or an egg. Lea earns income by getting supplies at wholesale prices and selling by the piece. Her store is located adjacent to her house. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of PHP 533 in sales every day.

To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a loan of PHP 35,000. She will be using the loan to buy groceries, toiletries, beverages and charcoal to expand her product inventory. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business. Lea hopes to be able to expand soon, just as she dreams to be able to give her child a high quality education through all of her hard work. She faithfully meets with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her work every week, where 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 Micro Finance loans.

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