A loan of $1,150 helped to pay for grocery items, toiletries and beverages needed in her business.

Rhea's story

This is Rhea. She is a 38-year-old resident of Coron, Palawan, Philippines. Life indeed is hard. But by the grace of God, she was able to raise her child well.

Rhea owns a variety store. This is a small store that can be owned by anyone in the community and the store is just connected to or just inside their house. This is where you can buy a sachet of shampoo or conditioner, a bar of soap, 5 PHP-worth of cooking oil, or an egg and other items. Rhea gets her products from a wholesaler at a lower price, then she will sell it per piece for a higher price to have profit. Her regular customers are her neighbors, passersby and the people in the community. She earns 300 PHP a day.

To be able to expand her inventory, Rhea is requesting a 50,000 PHP loan. She will use the loan to buy groceries, toiletries and beverages to expand her product inventory. This loan will be a great help for her to add more products to her store. Rhea also owns a restaurant and boarding house.

Rhea hopes to expand her businesses and see her profit increasing. 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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