A loan of $525 helped to pay for the spare parts and maintenance of her jeepney unit.

Amelia's story

Amelia is 61 years old and a resident of Silang, Cavite, Philippines. She is married to Manuel, a driver, and a mother to her children. Together with her husband, she manages their household while operating the business. She works hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Amelia oversees the operations of their jeepney (see footnote) transportation business. She has one (14-16 person capacity) jeepney, from which she receives a boundary (daily quota) each day. Her regular customers are her neighbours and the local community. She earns a minimum of PHP 1000 every day.

To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a PHP 21,000 loan. She will be using the loan to buy spare parts and for the maintenance of her jeepney unit. She expects a boost in her income as she expands her business.

Amelia dreams to grow her business in the coming years. 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.

- Curiously, Jeepneys have purely American origins. They were first used by American soldiers helping the Philippines throw off the invading Japanese. Filipino ingenuity, however, managed to see this vehicle as an opportunity to earn, and modified the Jeep into a 20-seater jeepney, open enough to provide adequate ventilation, sturdy for every day travel, and cheap enough to buy and maintain. Now, the jeepneys are one of the things that makes the Philippines truly Philippines.

* 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 pay Micro Finance loans.

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