This is Erlinda, 43, a resident of Silang, Cavite, Philippines. She is married to Mario, a sewer, and she is a mother to her 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 their everyday expenses.
Erlinda operates an ornamental plant business. She grows garden plants that are native to the Philippines like ylang-ylang, golden shower, and dahlias, plus a variety of hanging plants and others similar items. Her regular customers are local tourists, neighbors and the nearby community. She earns a minimum of PHP 300 in sales every day.
To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a PHP 15,000 loan. She will be using the loan to buy gardening materials and supplies such as seeds and fertilizer needed in her business.
Erlinda hopes that her business will continue to grow and expand and dreams of having good health. She meets up with her co-fellowship members to share stories of her work every week and 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 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.