A loan of $400 helped to pay for grocery items and products needed in her business.

Mira's story

This is Mira, 46, resident of Dasmarinas, Cavite, Philippines. Her husband is Benjamin, a driver, and father to her two 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 her everyday expenses.

Mira operates a variety store. In the Philippines, a variety store is basically a small convenience store, which sells groceries, toiletries and beverages in small amounts to the local neighborhood. It is the place to go to buy a small amount of shampoo, 5 PHP worth of cooking oil, or an egg. She earns a profit by getting supplies at wholesale prices and selling by the piece. Her store is located adjacent to her house. They also operate one jeepney unit for added income. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of 500 PHP in sales every day.

To help her continue operation of her business, she is requesting a 16,000 PHP loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy groceries, toiletries and beverages to expand her product inventory. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Mira hopes her business will grow into a grocery store in the coming years and dreams of being able to give her children a good future and high quality education through all the hard work on her business. She faithfully meets up 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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