A loan of $875 helped to pay for bread ingredients and maintenance of her oven.

Lilibeth's story

This is Lilibeth, a 35-year-old resident of Taguig, Philippines. She is married to Roy, her business partner, and is a mother to her children. She and her husband manage their own household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Lilibeth operates a bakery. Breads and spreads are staples in the usual Filipino cuisine, and are used mostly for breakfast and snacks. The most popular type of bread is the Pandesal, a Filipino version of the Spanish Pan de Sal or salted bread. It is baked during the wee hours of the morning and sold steaming hot to early commuters, students and workers. Her store is located adjacent to her house, and her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of 500 Philippine pesos (PHP) in sales everyday.

To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a Php 35,000 loan to buy raw supplies like flour, sugar, and butter, which she needs to continue production and expand her product inventory. She will also use the money for the maintenance of her oven. She expects a boost in her income as she expands her business.

Lilibeth dreams that her business will expand even more and hopes to have a good and happy family. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her life and business 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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