This is Alejandra, 43, a resident of Intramuros, Philippines. She is married to Ernesto and a mother to their children. She together with her husband manages their household while operating the business. She and her husband are working hard to provide income for their everyday needs.
Alejandra maintains a direct selling business. She sells clothing, footwear and and supplements through Marikina Shoe Exchange and Ever Green. A customer’s order is bought in cash by the dealer and then given to the customer with a one-month-to-pay credit. Dealer’s prices are lower than those in the catalogue, and these are the profits that dealers are investing on as their income. Alejandra also sells different processed and frozen foods for additional income. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of Php 2000 in sales every week.
To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a Php 40,000 loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy additional supplies and merchandise products like clothing, footwear, and Ever Green supplements. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.
Alejandra hopes to have a stall for her business so customers can easily see her products. She dreams that all her children will have a good and quality education. She meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her life and business every week and also draw strength and inspiration from the fellowship and 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 repay 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.