A loan of $275 helped to pay for raw ingredients like rice, pork, chicken, vegetables and other products needed in her business.

Lyrma's story

As a way of generating income, Lyrma has engaged in cooking and selling street foods in her community for almost three years now. She is 39 years of age and blessed with four children. Her husband, Raffy, helps her in their business and they work hand-in-hand to provide for their needs.

In the Philippines, the whole working community and most of the families only eat home-cooked meals during evenings where all of the family members are at home to take part of the meal. This is not only a usual family tradition but a matter of convenience and frugal living. It is considered a waste of money and time to spend cooking gas and food for one to two persons when buying cooked rice and viands cost less than raw food. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of PHP 500 in sales every day.

Lyrma also cooks and sells burger and other snack recipes. She needed additional capital so she would like to avail a loan amounting to 11,000 PHP (Philippines pesos) to buy additional raw products like pork and chicken and seasonings that are needed. Being a kind and friendly mother, she is hoping that she will further improve the business through this financial assistance.

Lyrma dreams to open up branches for her business. She also hopes for her children to finish their studies and be able to find jobs fitted for them. 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 microfinance loans.

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