A loan of $250 helped to pay for farm inputs needed in her business.

Marcelina's story

This is Marcelina, 43. She is a resident of Silang, Cavite, Philippines. She is a widow and a mother of three children. She, together with her children, manages her own household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Marcelina operates a pineapple-growing farm. She grows pineapple and some papayas in their farm located in Cavite; it is in the highlands where it is suited to growing pineapple and papayas. She sells her product to market and fruit stores that she regularly supplies and to the local community. She earns a minimum of 1,000 Philippine pesos (Php) in sales every week.

To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a Php 10,000 loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy fertilizer and farm inputs for her business. Part of the loan will go to the maintenance of her farm. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Marcelina dreams to be able to give all of her family a good future 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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