A loan of $1,175 helped to pay for grocery items for her store and maintenance for her fishing boat.

Arlyn's story

This is Arlyn, 31, a resident of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. She is married to Abner, her business partner, and is the mother of their four 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.

Arlyn operates a variety store. In the Philippines, a variety store is basically a small convenience store that retails groceries, toiletries and beverages piecemeal to the local neighborhood. It is the place to go to buy one sachet of shampoo, a PHP 5-worth of cooking oil or an egg. She earns by getting supplies at wholesale prices and selling by the piece. Her store is located near the main street. Her regular customers are neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of 1,000 PHP in sales every day.

She also operates a fishing boat for additional income.

To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a PHP 50,000 loan. She will be using the loan to buy groceries, toiletries and beverages and for the maintenance of their boat. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Arlyn hopes to grow her business and acquire another vehicle. She dreams to be able to give her children a high-quality education through all her hard work on her business. She faithfully meets 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 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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