This is Pastor, 56, resident of Silang, Cavite, Philippines. He is married to Rodelyn and a father to his children. He, together with his wife, manages their own household while operating the business. At this time, he is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.
Pastor operates an ornamental plant business. He grows garden plants that are native to the Philippines like ylang-ylang, golden shower, and dahlias, as well as a variety of hanging plants and others alike. He also grows local bananas and pineapples for extra income in his small farm. His regular customers are local tourists, neighbors, and the community. He earns a minimum of PHP 400 in sales every day.
To help him continue operations of his business, he is requesting a PHP 15,000 loan. He will be utilizing the loan to buy fertilizer and garden inputs for his business. Part of the loan will go to the maintenance of his farm. He expects a boost in his business income as he expands his business.
Pastor hopes to be able to expand soon. He faithfully meets up with his co-fellowship members to share stories of his work every week and where he can also draw strength and inspiration from the Word of God he 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 repay 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.