This is Mary Irene, 28, a resident of Dasmariñas, Cavite, Philippines. She is still single and lives with her parents. She helps them manage their household, while she is also attending to her business. She is working hard to provide for her everyday needs, and to be able to help her family as well.
Mary Irene sells medical supplies. She gets them from a supplier, who sells to her with a discount. She then sells the supplies with a little profit. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of 3,500 Philippine pesos (PHP) in sales, every week.
To help her continue the operation of her business, she is requesting a 10,000 PHP loan. She will use the loan to buy additional medical supplies, such as cotton, alcohol, Terumo syringes with needles, tissue and other supplies.
Mary Irene hopes to expand her business and dreams of having a better living. She meets with her co-fellowship members* every week, to share stories of her life and business and to draw strength and inspiration from the group members and the Word of God.
* 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.