Marilyn is a resident of Batasan, Quezon City, Philippines. She is 37 years old and she is happily married to Jon Ruel who works as a driver. God has blessed them with love. Life indeed is hard, but by the grace of God they were able to raise their children well and they are helping each other in working for their family.
Marilyn owns a variety store. This is a small store that can be owned by anyone in the community, and the store is just connected to or just inside their houses. This is where you can buy a sachet of shampoo or conditioner, a bar of soap, a Php5-worth of cooking oil or a single egg. She gets her products from a wholesaler at a lower price, and then she will sell them per piece for a higher price to make a profit. Her regular customers are her neighbors, passersby and the people in the community. She earns about Php300 a day.
To be able to expand her inventory, she is requesting a Php15,000 loan. She will use the loan to buy groceries, toiletries and beverages to expand her product inventory. This loan will be a great help, enabling her to add more products to her store.
Marilyn hopes to have a happy life and hopes her business will grow bigger. She meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her life and business every week and where she can 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.