A loan of $375 helped to pay for grocery items, toiletries and beverages needed in her business.

Maria Lourdes's story

This is Lourdes. She previously accessed a PHP15,000 loan that she used to purchase quantities and varieties of grocery items and products needed in her business. Her earnings were a big help towards her children’s education, and in their personal, household and business expenditures.

Her variety store has been her business for three years now. For additional income, she also sells different tidbits, dainties and sweetmeats. She and her husband are working hard to provide income for their family.

She would like to apply for another PHP15,000 loan to buy groceries, toiletries, beverages and other products to add to her inventory. The more items displayed at the store the better. More items to sell will result in a better profit. Her profits from business will definitely help sustain her family’s daily needs and children’s education expense. She looks forward to this financial increase with gladness and thankfulness in her heart.

Lourdes dreams of expanding her business and of having more customers. She hopes to have a good life with her family and that they will have a stronger bond. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her work every week and also draws 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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