This is Jelisa, 50, a resident of Silang, Cavite, Philippines. She decided not to get married and remained single. She manages her own house, while operating a business. She is working hard to continually provide income for her everyday expenses.
Jelisa operates a tailoring business. She offers curtains, bed sheets, blankets and other home trappings. Seasonal demand for clothing, like uniforms and such, are available all year round. She also does repairs and alterations. She has two stalls in the market, and she also sells garments. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of PHP 1,300 in sales, every day.
To help her continue operating her business, she is requesting a PHP 50,000 loan. She will use the loan to buy larger quantities of the raw materials she uses in her business, like fabric and thread.
Jelisa dreams that her business will continue to grow and hopes to have a good and peaceful life. She meets up with her co-fellowship members* every week, to share stories of her life and business. In the group, she draws 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.