A loan helped to buy bananas, sugar, rice, flour, and eggs to cook snacks to sell.

Josephine's story

This entrepreneur is Josephine, 44, a resident of Dasmarinas, Cavite, Philippines. She is a single parent and has a child who is still in elementary school. She works hard to support herself and her only child.

For 10 years, Josephine has been in the food business. She makes and sells Filipinos' favorite snacks such as "kamote-cue" (skewered deep fried sweet potatoes with a coating of caramelized brown sugar), "maruya" or Banana Fritter (fried sliced or mashed "saba" bananas mixed with a batter of flour, sugar, vanilla, and a binder), "turon" (caramelized banana spring rolls) and of course "lugaw" (Filipino version of congee). She earns a minimun of 1,000 PHP a day in sales.

To help her maintain her business, Josephine is requesting a 10,000 PHP loan to buy bananas, sugar, oil, flour, and rice needed to cook kamote-cue, maruya, turon, and lugaw to sell at her stall. She is thanking God in advance for a good return on her investment and the financial help that will be given to her. Her earnings will surely help in their daily sustenance and for her child's education.

Josephine dreams to be more successful and someday have her own small eatery. She prays for a better future for her and her child. She meets weekly with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her life and business and to 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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