A loan of $500 helped to buy groceries, toiletries and beverages for her variety store.

Edna's story

This is Edna, 57, who is a resident of Batasan, Manila, Philippines. She is married to Lorenzo and they have children. She and her husband manage their household while also operating a business. She is working hard to provide income for their everyday expenses.

Edna operates a variety store. In the Philippines, a variety store is a retail store that sells inexpensive items, often with a single price for all items in the store. It is the place to go to buy one sachet of shampoo, a PHP-5-worth of cooking oil, or an egg. She earns money by getting supplies at wholesale prices and then selling them by the piece. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of 500 PHP in sales every day. She is requesting a 20,000 PHP loan to help her continue in the operation of her business. She will use the loan to expand her product inventory by purchasing groceries, toiletries, and beverages.

Edna hopes to expand her business and dreams to have their own house. She meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her life and business every week and where she can also draw strength and inspiration from the fellowship and 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, to build social capital, and to repay loans.

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