A loan of $350 helped to pay for the spare parts and maintenance of her Jeepney.


Ma. Lourdes's story

Ma. Lourdes previously accessed a 20,000 PHP (Philippines pesos) loan that she used to buy spare parts and accessories and pay for the maintenance of the Jeepney* unit. Her earnings were a big help in her personal, household and business expenditures.

She would like to apply for a new 15,000 PHP loan to buy spare parts and pay for the maintenance of the Jeepney unit. Her profits from her business will definitely help her to sustain their daily needs. She looks forward to this financial increase with gladness and thankfulness in her heart.

Ma. Lourdes dreams to have another unit of Jeepney and hopes to have a better living. She meets up with her co-fellowship members to share stories of their lives and business every week. There, she can also draw strength and inspiration from the Word of God she studies.

* Curiously, Jeepneys have purely American origins. Jeeps were first used by American soldiers helping the Philippines throw off the invading Japanese. Filipinos, however, managed to see this vehicle as an opportunity to earn, and with their ingenuity they modified the Jeep into a 20-seat Jeepney, open enough to provide adequate ventilation, sturdy for every-day travel, and cheap enough to buy and maintain. Now, the Jeepneys are one of the things that make the Philippines truly Philippines.

* All CCT community partners/clients are organized into fellowship groups that meet weekly. 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 down their microfinance loans.



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