A loan of $1,175 helped to pay for additional stocks of slippers and sandals.

Martina's story

This is Martina, 53, a resident of Taguig, Philippines. She is married to Domingo, her business partner, and is the mother of two children. She and her husband manage their own household while operating the business. Martina works hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Martina operates a business buying footwear and sandals at wholesale prices and selling them with a little profit. Customers are attracted to her low selling prices. Martina also operates a variety store for additional income. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. Martina earns a minimum of PHP 1,000 in sales every day.

To help her continue operations of her business, Martina is requesting a PHP 50,000 loan, which she will use to buy more quantities and varieties of products to expand her product inventory. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Martina hopes to grow her business and dreams of being able to give her children a good and high quality education 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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