Mary Ann, 43, needs to give a lot of care and attention, since her focus rests not only on her children but also on her piglets—which make up her business. Mary Ann is a high school graduate and is married to Luis, a driver. Together they are raising four children, two of whom are still in school. Their family currently resides in Tanza, Cavite.
Owning a piggery requires a lot of effort and Mary Ann recognizes this. Every day she has to make sure the piglets are given the right nutrition, stay in a good environment, and has the right suitable conditioning. She considers all these factors to make sure the piglets produce well. She also continuously seeks ways to improve the piggery. Mary Ann has been managing this business for 11 years, and makes a net income of around Php11,350 each month.
To help her continue the operations of her piggery, Mary Ann is requesting a loan for Php 27,000. She will use this loan to purchase feeds for her piglets and materials to renovate her piggery. Included in the list of items to buy are hollow blocks, cement, and wood. She says that the profits will be used as additional investment in the future.
One challenge Mary Ann faces is when the pigs get sick. She is also concerned about her children, as lately they have become disobedient when it comes to attending school. But Mary Ann is maximizing every resource she has at hand to make sure she arrives at the results she wanted. She dreams of becoming prosperous and raising her piggery to the next level. Of course, it is also her dream to see her children finish their education and have a career of their own someday, because the bottom line is that she cares and loves her children most. As a CCT community partner, she faithfully attends the group's weekly fellowship* meeting where she can also draw strength and inspiration from 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 pay microfinance loans.
About the Center for Community Transformation
The Center for Community Transformation (CCT) is dedicated to the development of communities and lives via spiritual transformation and access to financial services. CCT offers loan products to address the needs of micro-entrepreneurs in the Philippines. The organization’s loan products include small business, education, and housing loans. CCT utilizes a community-based approach to provide a variety of non-financial services that include training and development programs, clinics, disaster relief operations, a low-cost medicine program, and social service programs. CCT offers a unique “Pavement Dweller” program designed to provide food, housing, and job training. CCT also provides education support services to the poorest groups in the Philippines. Find more information about CCT on their website or join their lending team.