A loan of $350 helped to purchase grocery items, toiletries and beverages to expand her product inventory.

Isabel's story

This is Isabel, 62, resident of Malibay, Pasay, Philippines. She is single and she is working hard to continually provide income for her everyday expenses.

Isabel 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 5 PHP worth of cooking oil, or an egg. She earns income by getting supplies at wholesale prices and selling by piece. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of 500 PHP in sales every day.

She is requesting a 15,000 PHP 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.

Isabel dreams that her business will continue to flourish and hopes that her children will have a good future. She meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her life and business every week and where she can also draw 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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