A loan of $625 helped to pay for grocery items, toiletries and beverages needed for her business.

Erlinda's story

This is Erlinda, 49, a resident of Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines. She is married to Johnny, a cook, and is a mother to her children. Together with her husband, she manages their household while operating their business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Erlinda operates a variety store. In the Philippines, a variety store is basically a small convenience store that sells groceries, toiletries and beverages piecemeal to the local neighborhood. It is a place to go to buy one sachet of shampoo, 5 Php-worth of cooking oil, or an egg. She makes money by purchasing supplies at wholesale prices and selling by the piece. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of Php 500 in sales everyday.

To help her continue her business operations, she is requesting a Php 25,000 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.

Erlinda hopes to expand her business and dreams of having a good life 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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