A loan of $950 helped to pay for recyclable materials needed in her business.

Lilia's story

This is Lilia, 60, resident of Manila, Philippines. She is a mother to her children. She, together with her children, manages their household while operating a business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Lilia operates a junk shop. Trash is not actively segregated in the Philippines and, while waiting for their local dump trucks, people scavenge garbage dumps and trash bags for recyclable materials like metal, copper, plastic, paper and other materials. They sell these to junk shops for a little profit. Junk shops then stack, clean and gather huge quantities of these materials and sell them back to foundries like factories and others of the like. Aside from this, Lilia also raises pigs in her compound. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of 1,000 Philippine pesos (PHP) in sales every day.

To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a 40,000 PHP loan. She will be incorporating the loan in her current revolving fund used to buy trash from collectors. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Lilia hopes to grow her business and dreams of being able to give her children a good and high quality education through all her hard work in her business. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship members* to share stories of her work every week and 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 microfinance loans.

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