A loan of $350 helped restock her store.


Ma. Linda's story

This is Linda, 50, a resident of Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines. Her husband is Clemente, a driver. She is a mother of seven children. Five of her children are working and the others are still in school. She, together with her husband and children, manages their own household while operating the business.

Linda operates a variety store. In the Philippines, a variety store is basically a small convenience store, which retails groceries, toiletries and beverages piecemeal to the local neighborhood. It is the place to go to buy one sachet of shampoo, a 5 PHP worth of cooking oil, or an egg. Linda earns a profit by getting supplies at wholesale prices and selling by the piece. Her store is located adjacent to her house. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of PHP 600 in sales every day.

To help her continue operations of her business, Linda is requesting a PHP 15,000 loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy groceries, toiletries and beverages to expand her product inventory and to maintain her sewing machine. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Linda dreams of improving their quality of living and hopes that her business will flourish. She meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her work every week and where she can also 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 repay Micro Finance loans.



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