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

Petronila's story

This is Petronila, 65, a resident of Manila, Philippines. Her husband is Nicanor, and she is mother to four children. Together with her husband, she manages their own household while operating business.

Petronila operates a variety store. It is basically a small convenient store that retails groceries, toiletries and beverages piecemeal to the local neighborhood. It is the place to go to buy one packet of shampoo, PHP 5-worth of cooking oil, or an egg. She earns a profit 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 her business, she is requesting a PHP 20,000 loan. She will be using the loan to buy groceries, toiletries and beverages to expand her inventory. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Petronila hopes that her business would grow and expand. She also dreams of giving her grandchildren a good and quality education through all her hard work on her business. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship* members every week to share stories of their work. There 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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