A loan of $475 helped to pay for spare parts and maintenance of the jeepney unit.

Mary Ann's story

This is Mary Ann, 47, a resident of GMA, Cavite, Philippines. She is married to Rodrigo, and a mother to her children. By the grace of God, she has managed to support her children's schooling. She is working hard continually, to provide income for their everyday expenses.

Mary Ann oversees the operations of their jeepney (see footnote) transportation business. She has one jeepney unit (14-16 person capacity), for which she charges boundary (a fixed amount of money) each day. Her regular passengers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of PHP 1,000 every day.

To help her continue the operations of her business, she is requesting a PHP 19,000 loan. She will use the loan to pay for the maintenance of her jeepney unit and to buy spare parts. She expects a boost in her business income, as she expands her business.

Mary Ann hopes to have more jeepneys, and dreams of living happily. She meets with her co-fellowship members* every week, to share stories of her work and to draw strength and inspiration from the Word of God she studies.

-Curiously, Jeepneys have purely American origins. They were first used by American soldiers helping the Philippines throw off the invading Japanese. Filipino ingenuity, however, managed to see this vehicle as an opportunity to earn, and modified the Jeep into a 20-seater jeepney, open enough to provide adequate ventilation, sturdy for every day travel, and cheap enough to buy and maintain. Now, the jeepneys are one of the things that makes the Philippines truly Philippines.

* 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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