A loan of $1,350 helped to pay for grocery items, toiletries, and beverages needed in her business.


Lolina's story

This is Lolina, 58, resident of Batasan, Quezon City, Philippines. She is married to Nardito, a manager, and they have children. She and her husband manage their household, while operating the business. She is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Lolina operates a variety store. In the Philippines, a variety store is a retail store that sells inexpensive items, often with a single price for each item in the store. It is the place to go to buy one sachet of shampoo, a PHP 5-worth of cooking oil, or an egg. She earns by getting supplies at wholesale prices and selling by the piece. They also have a junk shop and a house rental for additional income. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of PHP 2,500 in sales every day.

Lolina is requesting a PHP 60,000 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. She will also use the loan in their junk shop to buy recyclable materials.

Lolina hopes that her business will continue its success and dreams to have a good life. Every week, she meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her life and business and also draw strength and inspiration from the fellowship and the Word of God she studies.

All Center for Community Transformation (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 microfinance loans.



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