This is Mathy. She is 50 years old and is a resident of Intramuros, which is in Manila, Philippines. She is married to Bienvinido, and is a mother to her children. She, together with her husband, manages their household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for her everyday expenses.
Mathy sells processed meat products. What she basically does is buy processed meat products from a wholesaler. Then she sells the products by the piece or pack at a profit. Products can include ham, hot dogs, processed pork, and other products of the like. Customers are attracted to buy due to the low selling prices and the many options she offers. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of 300 Philippine pesos in sales every day.
To help her continue operating her business, she is requesting a loan of 12,000 pesos. She will be utilizing the loan to buy more and a greater variety of processed food products to expand her inventory. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.
Mathy dreams of being able to give her children a good and high-quality education through all her hard work on her business. She also wants to have her own permanent stall. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship members to share stories of her work every week. At these meetings, she can also draw strength and inspiration from the Word of God she studies.
* All CCT community partners and 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 back 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.