This is Agripina, 59, a resident of Intramuros, Manila, Philippines. She is a widow and a mother to her children. They are managing their household as they operate the business. At this time, she is working hard to provide income to their family.
Agripina operates an Internet café business. Services like this become a need as customers’ demand increases. Her main patrons are students, who require her services for school requirements. She has customers who need to rent computers for business purposes like writing a resume or any office documentation, as well as customers who would just love to surf the net and visit any social network. She earns a minimum of PHP 500 in profit every day.
To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a PHP 25,000 loan. She will use the loan to buy additional computer parts and accessories needed in her business.
Agripina hopes that her business will grow bigger and have more computers. She dreams that her family will always be in good health. She meets up every week with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her work.
* All CCT community partners / clients are organized into fellowship groups 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.