A loan of $350 helped to pay for raw ingredients like rice, pork, chicken and vegetables as well as other products needed in her business.

Jennifer's story

This is Jennifer, 34, a resident of Malibay, Pasay, Philippines. She is married to Marianito, a chef. Together with her husband and children, she manages their household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for her everyday expenses.

Jennifer operates a food stall. In the Philippines, the whole working community and most families only eat home-cooked meals during evenings where 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 to two persons when buying cooked rice and viands costs less than raw food. She also has a direct sales 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 operation of her business, she is requesting a PHP 15,000 loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy greater quantities of products like meats, rice, vegetables, condiments and seasonings, as well as frozen food products. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Jennifer hopes to expand her business and dreams that her children will finish their studies. She meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her work every week and to draw strength and inspiration from 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 pay Micro Finance loans.

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