A loan of $250 helped to pay for raw ingredients like rice, pork, chicken, vegetables and other products needed in her business.

Virginia's story

This is Virginia, 46, a resident of Intramuros, Manila, Philippines. She is married to Leonardo and a mother to her children. She, together with her husband, manages their household while operating her business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for her everyday expenses.

Virginia operates a food stall. In the Philippines, the whole working community and most of the families eat home-cooked meals only during the evening when all of the family members are at home to take part in the meal. This is not only a typical family tradition but a matter of convenience and frugal living. It is considered a waste of money and time to spend cooking gas and food for one or two persons when buying cooked rice and viands cost less than raw food. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of Php 500 in sales every day.

To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a Php 10,000 loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy more quantities of products like meats, rice, vegetables, condiments and seasonings. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Virginia hopes that her business will grow and expand even more and dreams that her children will have their own businesses. 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 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 pay Micro Finance loans.

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