A loan of $250 helped to pay for raw ingredients and products needed in her business.


Sarah's story

This is Sarah, 63, a resident of Malibay, Pasay City, Philippines. She is married to Wilfredo, a driver. Sarah is a mother of one child. By the grace of God, Sarah has managed to support her child's schooling up to college level, a dream for most poor Filipino parents like Sarah. Since Sarah herself has been an undergraduate, she believes that a college diploma is the best inheritance parents could leave to their children.
Sarah operates a food stall. In the Philippines, the whole working community and most of the families only eat home-cooked meals during evenings where all of the family members are at home to take part in the meal. This is not only a usual family tradition but a matter of convenience and frugal living. It is considered a waste of money and time to spend cooking gas and food for one to two persons when buying cooked rice and viands cost less than raw food. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of PHP 500 in sales every day.
To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a PHP 10,000 loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy more quantities of products like meats, rice, vegetables, condiments, and seasonings. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.
Sarah dreams of being able to see her child finish college. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her work every week.

*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 pay Micro Finance loans.



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