A loan of $725 helped to pay for the rent and maintenance of her new business stall/space.

Catalina's story

This is Catalina, 48, a resident of Pasay City, Philippines. She is married to Crisanto, her business partner, and is a mother to four children. She and her husband manage their household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for her everyday expenses.

Catalina operates a variety store. In the Philippines, a variety store is basically a small convenience store which retails groceries, toiletries, and beverages piecemeal to the local neighborhood. It is the place to go to buy one sachet of shampoo, a PHP 5-worth of cooking oil, or an egg. She earns income by getting supplies at wholesale prices and selling by the piece. Aside from this she also sells frozen food products. Her store is adjacent to her house. 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 30,000 loan. She will be utilizing the loan to pay for a new space she acquired for a new business that she will open. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Catalina hopes her business will grow in the coming years and dreams of providing her children with a good future through all her hard work on the business. 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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