A loan of $350 helped to buy grocery items, toiletries and beverages for her business.


Petra's story

This is Petra, 44, a resident of Intramuros, Manila, Philippines. She is married to Canaito, a taxi driver and a mother to her children. Together with her husband,she manages their household while operating her business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Petra 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 mall amount of cooking oil, or an egg. She earns by getting 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 business operations, she is requesting a 14,000 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.

Petra hopes to expand her business and dreams of giving her children a high-quality education 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 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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