A loan of $250 helped to pay for ingredients and products she uses to prepare meals for sale.

Vicenta's story

This is Vicenta, 36, a resident of Manila, Philippines. She is married to Edgardo, a businessman. Vicenta is also a mother to her children. Together with her husband, Vicenta manages their household while operating her business. She is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Vicenta operates a food stall. In the Philippines, the whole working community and most of the families only eat home-cooked meals during evenings, when all of the family members are at home to take part in the meal. This is not only a usual family tradition but a matter of convenience and frugal living. It is considered a waste of money and time to spend cooking gas and food for one to two persons, when buying cooked rice and viands costs less than raw food. She also sells RTW (ready-to-wear clothing) for additional income. 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 10,000 PHP loan. She will use the loan to buy larger quantities of ingredients, like meats, rice, vegetables, condiments, seasonings, and other products she uses in her prepared foods business. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Vicenta hopes to grow her business and dreams of giving a good life to her children, by the grace of God. 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 pay Micro Finance loans.

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