Evelyn is 54 years old and lives in Payatas, Philippines. She is married and a mother, and earns a living by making wallets out of straw. She works hard because she wants her wallets to be high quality. She supplements her income by making peanut butter. Her regular customers are her neighbors and she earns a minimum of 500 Philippine Pesos (PHP) in sales every day. She is requesting a loan for 12,000 PHP to buy the supplies she needs to make wallets and ingredients to make peanut butter. She dreams that her businesses will continue to grow and expand, and meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her life and business every week and draw strength and inspiration from her religion.
* 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 who meet weekly to study religion, build social capital, and repay 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.