A loan of $300 helped to pay for cloth, thread and other materials she needs for her rug-making business.

Marites's story

This is Marites, 50, a resident of Dasmariñas, Cavite, Philippines. She is married to Ricardo and a mother to her children. Together with her husband, she manages their household while operating a business. She is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Marites operates a rug-making business. She mainly offers rugs, from those round palm-sized ones, to the much larger doormats and other crafts that most rug-makers produce every day. As rugs are a major part of Filipino housekeeping, rugs are one of the most common products that can be bought, sometimes even from a peddler while you are riding in a speeding jeepney down the highway. 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 12,000 PHP loan. She will use the loan to buy a larger quantity of raw materials, like fabrics and thread, for her rug-making business. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Marites hopes that her children will finish college and will have a good life. 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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