A loan of $200 helped to pay for the spare parts and maintenance of their jeepney unit.

Mary's story

This is Mary, 60, a resident of Dasmariñas, Cavite, Philippines. She is married to Vicente, a driver, and is a mother to her children. She, together with her husband, manages their household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Mary oversees operations of their jeepney transportation business.

Jeepneys 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 everyday travel, and cheap enough to buy and maintain. Now, the jeepneys are one of the things that makes the Philippines truly Philippines.

Mary has one jeepney (14-16 person capacity). Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of PHP 1,000 every day.

To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a PHP 8,000 loan. She will be using the loan to buy spare parts and for the maintenance of her jeepney unit.

Mary dreams to have a good life with her family. 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 pay microfinance loans.

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