A loan of $750 helped to pay for the materials needed for making pillows.

Mercedita's story

This is Mercedita, 40, a resident of Payatas, Quezon City, Philippines. She is married to Cirilo, and a mother to her children. She keeps herself busy attending to her family and doing business as her way of helping her husband in meeting daily expenses.

Mercedita is in a pillow making business. She cuts scrap materials from textiles, foams and fibers, puts them in a plain pillow case and covers it with a better looking pillow case of various cartoon designs. She makes different kinds and sizes of pillows. She also sells foam. Her regular customers are her neighbors and local community. She also has clients in the market that regularly order pillows from her. She earns a minimum of 300 PHP in sales every day.

To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a 32,000 PHP loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy more scrap materials that she will use to make pillows. She expects a boost in her income as she expands her business. Her earnings would be a big help for the educational expenses of her children.

Mercedita hopes that her business will continue to grow and help her to send all her children in school. She wants a good life and health for her family. She faithfully attends the weekly fellowship* that allows her to listen to the word of God and have a better relationship not only to God but also to her family and community.

* All CCT community partners / clients are organized into fellowship groups that meet on a weekly basis. A fellowship groupis composed of 15 to 30 community partners. The fellowship groups gather each week to study the Word of God, build socialcapital, and pay Micro Finance loans.

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