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Lourdes
Lourdes, age 61 and widowed, is a resident of Pasay City, Philippines. She operates a variety store business. Lourdes works hard to continually provide income for her family's everyday expenses. Her children help her to maintain the household while she runs her store, which is adjacent to her house.

In the Philippines, a variety store is basically a small convenience store, which retails groceries, toiletries, and beverages piecemeal to the local neighborhood. It is the place to go to buy one sachet of shampoo, a Php5-worth of cooking oil, or an egg. She earns her income by getting supplies at wholesale prices and selling by the piece. Aside from this business, she also prepares and sells cooked viands for additional income. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of Php 800 in sales every day.

To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a Php 40,000 loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy groceries, toiletries, and beverages to expand her product inventory. She expects a boost in income as she expands her business.

Lourdes dreams of being able to give her family a good future through all her hard work in her business. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her work every week and to 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 repay micro-finance loans.

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On Friday November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan made its way through Southeast Asia, causing substantial damage to homes and businesses in areas of the Philippines. Given the state of devastation following this storm, borrowers living and working in these areas may have difficulty making repayments on their loans, thus making their Kiva loans higher risk. More information >>

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.

About Philippines

  • $1175
    Average annual income
  • 300
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $52,723,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 42.2
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $950 helped Lourdes to buy groceries, toiletries, and beverages to expand her product inventory.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Feb 2, 2012
Listed
Feb 11, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Aug 15, 2012