A loan of $1,000 helped to pay for grocery items and products needed in her business.

Rebecca's story

This is Rebecca, 49, a resident of Manila, Philippines. She is married to Marlon, a tricycle driver, and mother to their four children. With the help of her husband and children, she manages their household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Rebecca operates a variety store. In the Philippines, a variety store is basically a small convenience store that retails groceries, toiletries, and beverages piecemeal to the local neighborhood. It is the place to go to buy one sachet of shampoo, five pesos' worth of cooking oil, or an egg. She earns a profit by getting supplies at wholesale prices and reselling them by the piece. Aside from this, she also sells processed meat. Her store is located adjacent to her house. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of 1,500 Philippine pesos (PHP) in sales every day.

To help her continue operation of her business, she is requesting a 43,000-PHP loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy groceries, toiletries, and beverages to expand her product inventory. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Rebecca hopes her business will grow more this coming year, so she'll be able to have their house renovated. She dreams of being able to give her children a high-quality education through all her hard work on her business. She faithfully meets up with her fellowship* co-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 microfinance loans.

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