This is Cristita, 57, resident of Tondo, Manila, Philippines. She is married to Joel, her business partner, and a father to her children. She, together with her husband, manages their household while operating a business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for her everyday expenses.
Cristita operates a meat stall. She buys slaughtered hogs, cuts them into smaller portions, then sells them per kilo. There are many patrons who prefer her products since they are assured of their freshness and cleanliness. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of PHP 1,000 in sales, every day.
To help her continue the operation of her business, she is requesting a PHP 19,000 loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy additional supplies of pork, needed in her business.
Cristita dreams to expand her business and have her own stall in the market. Every week, she meets up with her co-fellowship members to share stories of her life and business and to draw strength and inspiration from the Word of God that she studies.
* All Center for Community Transformation Credit Cooperative (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 microfinance 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.