This is Zita, 56, resident of Pasay City, Philippines. She is married to Felipe, her business partner, and a mother of three children. She, together with her husband, manages their own household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.
Zita operates a handicrafts business. What she basically does is buy raw materials used in handicrafts-making from suppliers, manufactures them into different products, and sells them per-piece for a profit. Products range from lanterns, lampshades, and other products of the like. Customers are attracted to buy due to the low selling prices and the many options she offered. Her regular customers are the local community. She earns a minimum of 5,000 Philippine pesos (PHP) in sales every week.
To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a 10,000 PHP loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy raw materials and supplies needed in her business. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.
Zita dreams to expand her business and help her children finish their studies through all her hard work on her business. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship members to share stories of her work every week, and 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 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.