A loan of $200 helped to pay for raw ingredients like rice, pork, chicken, vegetables and other products needed in her business.

Marites's story

This is Marites, 47, a resident of Batasan, Pasay, Philippines. She manages her household while also operating a food stall business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for her everyday expenses.

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. 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 on cooking gas and food for one to two persons when buying cooked rice and viands cost less than raw food. She also has a direct-selling business. 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 8000 loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy more quantities of products like meats, rice, vegetables, condiments and seasonings, and frozen food products. She expects a boost in her income as she expands her business.

Marites hopes to expand her business and dreams that her grandchildren will finish their studies. She meets up with her co-fellowship members to share stories of her work every week and also draws strength and inspiration from the Word of God he 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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