Catalina is 65 years old and lives in Silang Cavite, Philippines. She is widowed, and a mother of four children, three of whom are already working. She works hard to provide for their daily expenses.
Catalina makes a living by selling Ornamental plants, which are plants that are grown for decorative purposes in gardens and landscape design projects, as houseplants. She’s been in the business for twenty five years. She earns a minimum of Php250 in sales every day.
To help her continue operating her business, she is requesting for a loan of Php 30,000. She will be using the money to buy things needed for planting such as, fertilizer, pots, seedlings. She expects a boost in her income as she expands her business. 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.
* 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 who 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.