This is Matea, 61, a resident of Silang, Cavite, Philippines. She is a widow and a mother to her children. She manages her household while operating her business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.
Matea operates an ornamental plant business. She grows garden plants that are native to the Philippines like ylang-ylang, golden shower, dahlias, and also a variety of hanging plants. Her regular customers are tourists, neighbors and members from nearby communities. She earns a minimum of Php 300 in sales every day.
To help her continue the operations of her business, she is requesting a Php 30,000 loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy fertilizer and garden inputs for her business. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.
Matea dreams to grow her business in the coming years and hopes to live a peaceful life. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship members to share stories of her work every week. She also draws 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.