A loan of $200 helped to pay for additional stock of used-but-quality clothes to sell.


Elizabeth's story

This is Elizabeth, 53, a resident of Payatas, Philippines. She is married to Sulpicio, a seaman, and she is a mother to their children. She, together with her husband, manages their household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses. Elizabeth runs an “ukay-ukay” business. “Ukay” literally means to “dig out” or “hollow out” from a stack or heap of anything. In Elizabeth's case, she is selling used (but not yet worn out) clothes that are usually stacked up on a table or mat. Some special kinds are displayed on hangers. In the Philippines, especially in urban poor communities, many people resort to buying used clothes from “ukay-ukay” stalls. These are very much cheaper compared with brand new clothes sold in malls. Since her stall is located in an urban poor public market, her business flourishes. She earns a minimum of 300 Philippine Pesos (PHP) net sales every day. To help her expand the business, she is requesting a PHP 8,000 loan to buy more used-but-quality clothes. Customers are attracted to buy from a “ukay-ukay” stall with lots of clothes to choose from. She plans to add more pants or jeans, used bags and footwear. If she can roll the profits from this loan, she can meet the customers’ demand. Through proper management of her capital and profit, she can expand her business and boost its income. Elizabeth dreams that she will have a better living and hopes that her business will continue to be successful. She 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 pay Micro Finance loans.



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