A loan of $1,225 helped to pay for materials needed in making gowns and accessories to expand her inventory.


Bella's story

This is Bella, 46, a resident of Intramuros, Philippines. She is married to Arnold, a land surveyor, and mother to their children. Two are already working while the youngest is still in high school. She, together with her husband, manages the household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses. Bella operates a gown rental. She makes different kinds of gowns and has them rented. These gowns are used in special occasions and other formal gathering. She also sells accessories for additional income. Her store is located adjacent to her house. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of 320 Philippine Pesos (PHP) in sales every day. To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a Php50,000 loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy materials needed in making gowns and accessories to expand her inventory. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business. Bella hopes her business grows more in the coming years and dreams to be able to give her children a good and high quality 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 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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