A loan helped to pay for sacks of rice, grocery items, soft drinks and other beverages.

Daisy's story

This is Daisy and she's a sari-sari (variety) store owner in Calumpang, General Santos City, South Cotabato. She's been running her store for 15 years already. Managing a business that long, she has experienced different circumstances that have really tested her faith. There were times when her capital was almost drained due to huge collectibles. Some of her neighbors pay weeks or months later for the goods they get from her store. But Daisy remained strong, because this is her way of assisting her husband, Wilfredo, a welder, in providing for their children’s needs.

Her sari-sari store is comparable to a convenience store, but it’s smaller and has limited products commonly used by an individual everyday. It’s quite advantageous for the people in the community to have an accessible variety store to buy one candy, an egg, and so on. This is the reason why sari-sari stores proliferate in the communities of the Philippines. This is also the reason why the competition becomes stiffer and stiffer. Store owners like Daisy continuously strive to make their business competitive. On her part, Daisy chose to add fruits and vegetables to her inventory in the hope that it can entice more customers. Moreover, she plans to expand the selection in her store. She appeals for your help through a loan worth PHP 40,000, which she can use to buy sacks of rice, grocery items, soft drinks and other beverages. With these, she can improve her sales and earnings.

Daisy’s praying for a better life for her whole family. She wants her children to finish college and obtain good and stable jobs in the near future. She meets up with her co-fellowship* members weekly 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 comprised 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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