This is Lilita, 58 years old. She lives in Silang, Cavite, Philippines. She is married to Rene, her business partner, and a mother to one child. She, together with her husband and children, manage their own household while operating a business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.
Lilita makes a living operating a private pool resort. She owns a private pool that she offers to be rented on a daily basis. Usually a private pool resort has a single swimming pool with one to two rooms to accommodate five to ten people inside a private property. It is where family gets together to unwind and sometimes to hold special events like birthdays. She has been in this business for almost three years. Her customers are people in the community and local tourists. She earns a minimum of 2,000 Philippine pesos (PHP) from rentals every day.
To help her continue operating her business, she is applying for a loan of 50,000 PHP. She will be using the money to buy supplies like tiles, chlorine and for the maintenance of the private pool resort as well. 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. 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.