A loan of $500 helped to buy raw ingredients like rice, pork, chicken, vegetables, and other items.

Maricel's story

This is Maricel, 29. She is a resident of Cabrera, Pasay, Philippines. She lives with her partner, and they both work hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Maricel 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 in 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 or two people when buying cooked rice and viands costs less than raw food. Maricel's regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of 500 PHP in sales every day.

To help her continue her business operations, she requests a 20,000 PHP loan. She will utilize the loan to buy additional quantities of products like meats, rice, vegetables, condiments, and seasonings. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Maricel hopes to grow her business. She meets with her co-fellowship members to share stories of her work every week and also draw strength and inspiration from her studies of the Word of 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 the Word of God, build social capital, and repay microfinance loans.

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