This is Elvie, 38, a resident of Intramuros, Manila, Philippines. She is married to Leo, a fruit vendor, and they have six children. She, together with her husband, manages their household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for her everyday expenses.
Elvie operates a piggery. She earns money by selling live hogs to meat dealers. Sometimes they have the pigs slaughtered and sold in the market. Aside from this, she also cooks breakfast meals for additional income. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of Php 6,000 in sales every week.
To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a Php 20,000 loan. She will be using the loan to buy feed and additional hogs.
Elvie dreams that her business will expand and hopes that her six children will finish their studies. She meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her work every week and where she can also draw strength and inspiration from 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 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.