A loan of $500 helped to purchase grocery items, toiletries, and beverages .

Anita's story

Anita is 57 years old, married, and has five children. She is a resident of Batasan, Quezon City, Philippines. She and her husband manage their household while operating the business. She is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Anita 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 5 PHP worth of cooking oil, or an egg. She earns by getting supplies at wholesale prices and selling by the piece. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of 500 PHP in sales every day.

Anita is requesting a loan for 20,000 PHP, which she will use to buy groceries, toiletries, and beverages to expand her product inventory. She hopes to make it big in business and become successful. She dreams of giving her family a good life. Anita 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 God.

* 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 God, build social capital, and repay microfinance loans.

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