A loan of $800 helped to pay for additional stock of supplies and products needed in her business.

Hilda's story

This is Hilda, age 49, who is a resident of Manila in the Philippines. She is married to Hilario, a laborer, and is a mother to her three children. She and her husband manage their own household while operating a business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for her family's everyday expenses.

Hilda operates a dried-fish retailing business. She buys dried fish from wholesalers, repacks them and then sells them per pack for a profit. Products can range from dried fish to dried anchovies and other similar products. Customers are attracted to her business due to the low selling prices and the many options she offers. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community members. She earns a minimum of PHP 300 in sales every day.

To help her continue operating her business, Hilda is requesting a PHP 33,000 loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy more quantities and varieties of products to expand her product inventory. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Hilda dreams of having a good future. Her hope is that her children will finish their education through all her 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 comprises 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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