A loan of $750 helped to pay for grocery items, toiletries and beverages needed in her business.


Maria Nenita's story

This is Maria Nenita, 62, a resident of Silang, Cavite, Philippines. She is a widow and a mother to her children. She manages their household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for her everyday expenses.

Maria Nenita 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, a PHP 5-worth of cooking oil, or an egg.

She also sells fish of different kinds and also meat. 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 PHP 500 in sales every day.

To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a PHP 30,000 loan. She will be utilizing 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.

Maria Nenita hopes to expand her business and dreams of being able to save money and have a good life. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her work every week and to 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 microfinance loans.



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