This is Violeta, 56, a resident of Manila, Philippines. She is a widow and a mother to her children. With her children, she manages her household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for her everyday expenses.
Violeta operates a food stall. In the Philippines, the whole working community and most of the families only eat home-cooked meals during evenings, when all of the family members are at home to take part of the meal. This is not only a usual family tradition but a matter of convenience and frugal living. It is considered a waste of money and time to spend cooking gas and food for one to two persons, when buying cooked rice and viands cost less than raw food. She also has a variety store. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of 900 PHP in sales every day.
To help her continue operating her business, she is requesting a 50,000 PHP loan. She will utilize the loan to buy more meats, rice, vegetables, condiments and seasonings, and frozen food products. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.
Violeta hopes that her business will expand soon, and she dreams of helping those in need. She faithfully meets with her co-fellowship members every week to share stories of her work 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 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.