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Elsa
This is Elsa, 56, a resident of Intramuros in Manila. She is married to Manuel, a traffic enforcer. 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.

Elsa operates a buy and sell business. What she basically does is buy general merchandise from wholesalers and sell it, making a little profit. Her products are decorative plastic flowers, plants, 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 500 Philippine pesos (PHP) in sales every day.

To help her continue operating her business, she is requesting a loan of 14,000 PHP. She will be utilizing the loan to buy more decorative plastic flowers and plants to expand her product inventory. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Elsa hopes to expand soon. She dreams of being able to give her family a good future through all her hard work on her business. She also dreams of having her own house and lot someday. 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.

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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
  • 1040
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $54,557,775
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 42.0
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $350 helped Elsa to pay for additional stock of decorative plastic flowers and plants needed in her business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jun 19, 2012
Listed
Jul 7, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Nov 15, 2012