A loan of $375 helped to pay for spare parts and maintenance of their jeepney unit.


Mary's story

This is Mary, 61, a resident of Dasmariñas, Cavite, Philippines. She is married to Vicente, her business partner and a father to her children. She and her husband are managing their household while operating the business. They are working hand in hand to provide income for their everyday expenses.

Mary owns and oversees operations of their jeepney (see footnote) transportation business. She has one jeepney unit (14-16 person capacity), which is paying boundary (daily quota) each day. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of PHP 1,000 every day.

To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a PHP 15,000 loan. She will use the loan to buy spare parts and for the maintenance of her jeepney unit.

Mary dreams to have another jeepney unit and hopes to have a good life. She meets up with her co-fellowship* members every week to share stories of her life and business and to also draw strength and inspiration from the Word of God she studies.

Footnote: 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 enough for everyday 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 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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