This is Edelyn, 36, a resident of Intramuros, Manila, Philippines. She is married to Francisco, a laborer. She is also a mother to her children. With her husband, she manages their household while operating her business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.
Edelyn is a fish vendor. She buys different kinds of fish at wholesale prices and sells them by the kilo. She buys fish at the local fish port early in the morning. There are many patrons who prefer her products because they are assured of its freshness and cleanliness. Her store is located in a temporary fish market. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of 1,000 PHP in sales every day.
To help her continue operating her business, she is requesting a 20,000 PHP loan. She will utilize the loan to buy more fish to be sold every day. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.
Edelyn dreams to be able to give all of her children a good and high-quality education. She hopes to have a good future through all her hard work on her business. She faithfully meets with her co-fellowship members to share stories of her work every week and to draw strength and inspiration from the Word of God.
* 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.