A loan of $500 helped to buy grocery items and products needed in her business.

Fedelina's story

This is Fedelina, 49, resident of Dasmariñas, Cavite City, Philippines. She is married to Pedro, a construction worker, and she is mother to their children. She works hard to continually provide income for her family's everyday expenses. Fedelina operates a variety store. In the Philippines, a variety store is basically a small convenience store, where groceries, toiletries, and beverages are sold piecemeal in the local neighborhood. It is the place to go to buy a sachet of shampoo, 5-PHP worth of cooking oil, or an egg. Fedelina earns money by getting her supplies at wholesale prices and selling by the piece. Her store is located adjacent to her house and her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of 500 PHP in sales every day.

Fedelina is requesting a 20,000 PHP loan to buy groceries, toiletries, and beverages to expand her product inventory. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands. In the future, she hopes that the construction of their house will be finished. Fedelina faithfully meets up weekly with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her work.

* 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 who gather each week to study the Word of God, build social capital, and pay micro finance loans.

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