A loan of $500 helped to pay for spare parts and the maintenance of his tricycle units.

Richard's story

This is Richard, 23, resident of Intramuros, Philippines. He is still single and he lives with his parents. He helps them in managing their household and he also works to help his family.

Richard maintains a tricycle business. He owns and drives one unit of tricycle (motor cycle with sidecar) that carries up to four passengers to their destination within the community. He starts working early in the morning and works until late in the evening. There are times when he drives in the late evening, until the wee hours, to have a bigger profit. His regular customers are his neighbors and the local community. His business has a total of four units of tricycle. The other three tricycles are being used by other tricycle drivers, who then remit their daily quota. Richard earns a minimum of PHP 1,200 in his transportation business every day.

To help him continue operations of his business, he is requesting a loan of PHP 20,000. He will be utilizing the loan to buy motorcycle parts for the maintenance of his four tricycle units. He has to maintain his units in good condition in order to have a regular income for the daily needs of his family.

Richard dreams for the continuous success of his business and hopes to have his own house and lot. Every week, he meets up with his co-fellowship* members to share stories of his life and business and draw strength and inspiration from the Word of God that he studies.

* All Center for Community Transformation Credit Cooperative (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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