A loan of $250 helped to pay for grocery items and products needed in her business.


Leonila's story

This is Leonila, 41, a resident of Baseco, Manila, Philippines. She is a single parent with two children. Together with her children, she manages their household while operating the business. She works hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Leonila operates a variety store. In the Philippines, a variety store is basically a small convenience store, which sells groceries, toiletries and beverages piecemeal to the local neighborhood. It is the place to go to buy one sachet of shampoo, a Php5-worth of cooking oil, or an egg. She earns profit by buying supplies in bulk 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 300 Philippine Pesos (PHP) in sales every day.

To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a PHP 10,000 loan. She will be using the loan to buy groceries, toiletries and beverages to expand her product inventory. She expects a boost in her income as she expands her business.

Leonila hopes to be able to expand soon, just as she dreams to be able to give her children a good, high-quality education through her hard work on her business. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her work every week. At these 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.



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