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This is Marilyn, 40, resident of Manila, Philippines. She is married to Junie, a driver, and a mother to her children. She, together with her husband, manages their household while operating a business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.

Marilyn operates a variety store. In the Philippines, a variety store is basically a small convenience store, which retails groceries, toiletries and beverages piecemeal to the local neighborhood. It is the place to go to buy one sachet of shampoo, 5 pesos worth of cooking oil or an egg. She earns a profit by getting supplies at wholesale prices and selling by the piece. 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 operations of her business, she is requesting a 30,000 PHP loan. She will be using the loan to buy groceries, toiletries and beverages to expand her product inventory. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Marilyn hopes to grow her business and dreams of giving a good and quality education to her children through all her hard work in her business. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship members* to share stories of her work every week and draw strength and inspiration from the Word of God she 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 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

  • $7,000
    Average annual income
  • 710
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $63,222,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 42.1
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $725 helped Marilyn to pay for grocery items and products needed in her business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 27, 2012
Sep 1, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 15, 2013