A loan of $625 helped to pay for grocery items and products to sell at retail in her store.

Araceli's story

This is Araceli, 52, resident of Payatas, Philippines. She is married to Frank, a driver, and a mother to her children. Together with her husband, Araceli manages their household while operating her business. She is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Araceli operates a variety store. In the Philippines, a variety store is basically a small convenience store, which retails groceries, toiletries and beverages piecemeal to the local neighborhood. It is the place to go to buy one sachet of shampoo, five PHP worth of cooking oil, or an egg. She earns profit by buying supplies at wholesale prices and selling by the piece. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of 500 PHP in sales every day.

To help her continue operating her business, she is requesting a 25,000 PHP loan. She will use the loan to buy groceries, toiletries and beverages to expand her product inventory. She expects a boost in her business income, as she expands her business.

Araceli hopes to give her children a good and quality education, and dreams of having a good life through all her hard work on her business. She faithfully meets with her co-fellowship* members every week, to share stories of her work and to 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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