A loan of $250 helped to pay for additional stock of used clothes needed in her business.


Yolanda's story

This is Yolanda, who is 54 and a resident of Pasay City, Philippines. She is married to Raniel, a laborer, and is the mother to their children. She, together with her husband, manages their household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Yolanda runs an “ukay-ukay” business. “Ukay” literally means to “dig out” or “hollow out” from a stack or heap of anything. In Yolanda’s case, she is selling used (but not yet worn out) clothes that are usually stacked up on a table or mat. Some special kinds are displayed on hangers. In the Philippines, especially in urban poor communities, many people resort to buying used clothes from “ukay-ukay” stalls. These are much cheaper compared with brand new clothes sold in malls. Since Yolanda’s stall is located in an urban poor public market, her business flourishes. She earns a minimum of 300 Philippine Pesos (PHP) net sales every day.

To help her expand the business, Yolanda is requesting a PHP10,000 loan to buy additional used-but-quality clothes. Customers are attracted to buy from an “ukay-ukay” stall with lots of clothes to choose from. She plans to add more pants or jeans, and also used bags and footwear. If she can roll the profits from this loan, she can meet the customers’ demand. Through proper management of capital and profit, she can expand her business and boost its income.

Yolanda hopes to to give her children a good future and a high quality education through all her hard work on her business. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her work every week, and this is 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 pay microfinance loans.



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