A loan of $475 helped to pay for grocery items and products needed in her business.

Marlyn's story

This is Marlyn, 56, a resident of Manila, Philippines. She is a widow and the mother of three children. She and her children manage their household while operating the business. Marlyn works hard to continually provide income for her everyday expenses.

Marlyn operates a variety store which, in the Philippines, 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, PHP 5 worth of cooking oil, or an egg. Nenita earns an income by getting supplies at wholesale prices and selling by the piece. Her store is located adjacent to her house and her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. Marlyn earns a minimum of PHP 500 in sales every day.

To help her continue operations of her business, Marlyn is requesting a PHP 20,000 loan, which she will use to buy groceries, toiletries and beverages to expand her product inventory. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Marlyn hopes to be able to expand soon, just as she dreams of being able to give her family a good future through all her hard work on her business. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship* members weekly to share stories of her work and to 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 microfinance loans.

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