This is Marieta, 50, a resident of Manila, Philippines. She is married to Danilo, a vendor and she is a mother to their children. She, together with her husband, manages their household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for her everyday expenses.
Marieta operates a bridal gown rental business. She has sewers who she pays to make bridal gowns and then she displays them in her stall so people can see them for rent. She has been in this business for 15 years now. Her regular customers are people in the local community. She earns a minimum of 3,000 Philippine Pesos (PHP) in sales every week.
To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a PHP 20,000 loan. She will be using the loan to buy cloth, fabric, thread, and other materials needed in making a gown. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.
Marieta dreams of expanding her business and having another branch. She hopes to give her children a good education and a good future. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship members to share stories of her life and business every week and draw strength and inspiration from the fellowship and 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.