A loan of $425 helped to pay for grocery items, toiletries and beverages needed in her business.

Alfie's story

This is Alfie, age 31, who is a resident of GMA, Cavite, Philippines. She is single and she lives with her parents. She helps them financially and she is working hard to provide for their everyday needs.

Alfie 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 PHP5-worth of cooking oil, or an egg. She earns money by purchasing supplies at wholesale prices and selling them by the piece. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community members. She earns a minimum of PHP500 in sales every day.

She is requesting a PHP19,000 loan to help her to continue operating her business. She will use the loan to buy groceries, toiletries and beverages to expand her product inventory.

Alfie dreams that her business will grow bigger and hopes for good health for her family. She meets with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her life and business every week and 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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