A loan of $375 helped to buy grocery items, toiletries, and beverages needed for her business.

Rahiema's story

This is Rahiema, 33, a resident of Taguig, Philippines. She is single and lives with her parents, helping them manage their household. She is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Rahiema operates a variety store. In the Philippines, a variety store is a retail store that sells inexpensive items, often with a single price for all items in the store. It is the place to go to buy one sachet of shampoo, a Php5-worth of cooking oil, or an egg. She earns income by getting supplies at wholesale prices and selling by the piece. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of Php500 in sales every day.

She is requesting a Php16,000 loan to help her continue in the operation of her business. She will use the loan to buy groceries, toiletries, and beverages to expand her product inventory.

Rahiema hopes that her variety store becomes a grocery store. She meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her life and business every week and she draws strength and inspiration from the fellowship and 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 repay micro finance loans.

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