This is Corazon, 39, a resident of Pasay City, Philippines. She is married to Noel, a side car driver, and father to their children. By the grace of God, Corazon has managed to support her children's schooling. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for the family's everyday expenses.
Corazon oversees operations of the famly's side car transportation business. They have two units of side cars, or bicycle carts, that carry up to two passengers to their destination within the community. The passengers pay boundary (a daily quota) each day. Corazon also sells processed meat and chicken. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of PHP 500 every day.
To help her continue operations of her business, Corazon is requesting a PHP 15,000 loan. She will use the loan for the maintenance of her side car and to buy new stocks of processed meat products to sell. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.
Corazon dreams of being able to buy another side car soon. She also dreams that her children will finish their education. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship members to share stories of her work every week.
* 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 Micro Finance 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.