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

Myrna's story

This is Myrna, 59, resident of Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines. She is married to Amador, a businessman, and is mother to their five children. She, together with her husband and children, manage their own household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Myrna operates a variety store and water station. In the Philippines, a variety store is basically a small convenience store, which sells 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. Myrna earns by getting supplies at wholesale prices and selling by the piece. Her store is located adjacent to her house. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of PHP 600 in sales every day.

To help her continue operating her business, she is requesting a PHP 20,000 loan. She will use the loan to buy groceries, toiletries and beverages to expand her product inventory and to purchase some necessities for her water station. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Myrna hopes to be able to expand soon, and be able to settle all her financial obligations. She also hopes to have an out-of-town vacation with her family. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her work every week, 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 Micro Finance loans.

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