This is Lilia, 47 and resident of Dasmariñas, Cavite, Philippines. She is married to Gaspar, a garbage collector and father to her children. She, together with her husband, manages their own household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.
Lilia operates a rug-making business. She mainly offers rugs, ranging from round palm sized ones, to the much larger doormats, but also offers other crafts that most rug-makers come across every day. As rugs are a major part of Filipino housekeeping and cleaning, they are one of the most common products that can be bought, sometimes even from a peddler while you are riding in a speeding jeepney down the highway. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of PHP 500 in sales every day.
To help her continue the operations of her business, she is requesting a PHP 13,000 loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy more quantities of raw materials like fabrics, threads and other materials for her business. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.
Lilia dreams of expanding her business further and hopes that her business will grow even more. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship members to share stories of her work every week and where she can also 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.