A loan of $325 helped to buy raw ingredients, like rice, pork, chicken and vegetables, and other products needed in her business.

Juliet's story

This is Juliet, 54, a resident of Taguig, Manila, Philippines. She is married to Luciano and a mother to their children. She and her husband are managing the household, while operating the business. She continually provides income for their everyday expenses.

Juliet operates a food stall. In the Philippines, the whole working community and most of the families only eat home-cooked meals during evenings, when all of the family members are at home to take part of the meal. This is not only a usual 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 to two persons, when buying cooked rice and viands costs less than raw food. Juliet's regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of PHP 500 in sales, every day.

To help her continue operating her business, she is requesting a PHP 13,000 loan. She will use the loan to buy products like meats, rice, vegetables, condiments and seasonings, in larger quantities. She expects a boost in her business income, as she expands her business.

Juliet wants to have a bigger income from her business, so she can have their own house. She dreams to give her family a bright future. She meets up with her co-fellowship members* every week, to share stories of her life and business and to 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 Microfinance loans.

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