A loan of $750 helped to pay for grocery items and products needed in his business.


Melecio's story

This is Melecio, 24. He is a resident of Tanza, Cavite, Philippines. He is single and lives with his parents to help them manage their household while operating the business. At this time, he is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses. Melecio operates a variety store. In the Philippines, a variety store is basically a small convenience store that retails groceries, toiletries and beverages piecemeal to the local neighborhood. It is the place to go to buy one sachet of shampoo, a 5-pesos-worth of cooking oil or an egg. He earns by getting supplies at wholesale prices and selling by the piece. His store is located adjacent to his house. His regular customers are his neighbors and the local community. He earns a minimum of 350 Philippine Pesos (PHP) in sales every day. To help him continue operations of his business, he is requesting a PHP 30,000 loan. He will be utilizing the loan to buy groceries, toiletries and beverages to expand his product inventory. He expects a boost in his business income as he expands his business. Melecio hopes to be able to expand soon. He faithfully meets up with his co-fellowship* members to share stories of his work every week, and this is where he can also draw strength and inspiration from the Word of God he 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 microfinance loans.



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