A loan of $300 helped to buy slippers and other products for her business.

Emelia's story

This is Emelia, 47, a resident of Pasay City, Philippines. She is married to Yonilo, a driver. The couple has children. Emelia, together with her husband, manages her household while operating her business. She works hard to provide income to cover her everyday expenses.

Emelia operates a retail footwear business and she sells shoes, sandals, and other similar products. She buys general merchandise from wholesalers and then sells it retail to make a little profit. Customers are attracted to her low prices and many product options. Emelia's regular customers are her neighbors and local community members. She earns a minimum of 500 PHP in sales every day.

Emelia is requesting a 21,000 PHP loan to buy more quantities and varieties of sandals and slippers to expand her product inventory. She expects a boost in her income as she expands. Emelia hopes to expand her business in the coming year and give her children a high-quality education through all of her hard work on her business. She faithfully meets up weekly with her co-fellowship* members to share stories about her work and draw strength and inspiration from studying the Word of God.

* 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 who meet to study the Word of God, build social capital, and repay microfinance loans.

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