Soledad, aged 57, is a resident of Intramuros, Manila, Philippines. She is single and manages her house while operating her business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for her everyday expenses.
Soledad sells newspapers. She also has a variety store, a small convenience store which sells groceries, toiletries and beverages. It is the place to go to buy one sachet of shampoo, 5 PHP-worth of cooking oil, or an egg. Her regular customers are neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of 500 Philippine Pesos (PHP) in sales every day.
To help her continue operatiing her business, Soledad is requesting a 14,000 PHP loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy newspapers, grocery products and toiletries. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.
Soledad hopes that her business will continue to be successful and dreams of having a good life. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship members to share stories of her work every week and she can also draw strength and inspiration from the Word of God that she studies there.
* 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.