A loan of $350 helped to pay for grocery items and products needed in her business.

Mercy's story

This is Mercy, 28, a resident of Tanza, Cavite City, Philippines. Her husband is Romy, a driver, and she is a mother to her only child. She, together with her husband, manages their own household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Mercy 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 to buy one sachet of shampoo, a PHP 5-worth of cooking oil, or an egg. She earns by getting supplies at wholesale prices and selling by the piece. Her store is located adjacent to her house. Aside from this, she also does manicures and pedicures for additional income. 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 14,000 loan. She will be using the loan to buy groceries, toiletries, beverages and other products needed in her business. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Mercy hopes her business grows in the coming years and dreams of being able to give her child a good and high quality education through all her hard work. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her work every week and 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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