A loan of $700 helped to pay for raw ingredients and products needed in her business.

Carolina's story

This is Carolina, 47, resident of Manila, Philippines. She is married to Ernie, her business partner. Together with her husband, she manages their household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for her everyday expenses.

She operates a food stall. In the Philippines, the whole working community and most families only eat home-cooked meals during the evenings when all of the family members are at home to take part in the meal. This is not only a usual family tradition but a matter of convenience and frugal living. It is considered a waste of money and time to spend cooking gas and food for one to two persons, when buying cooked rice and other prepared foods cost less than raw food. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of Php500 in sales every day.

To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a Php30,000 loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy more quantities of products like meats, rice, vegetables, condiments and seasonings, and frozen food products. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Carolina wants to grow the business in the coming years. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her work every week and where she can also draw strength and inspiration from the Word of God he 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 Micro Finance loans.

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