Maricho is a hardworking entrepreneur from Sara, Iloilo. She is 41 years old and has one child. Together with her husband, she breeds and raises pigs to provide income for their everyday needs and expenditures.
She earns by selling live hogs to meat dealers. Sometimes they have the pigs slaughtered and sold in the market. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She also retails rice within her community. She earns a minimum of 10,000 PHP in sales every month.
Maricho is taking out a 35,000 PHP loan to buy additional hogs and feed. She will be utilizing the loan to buy products and other materials which are necessary to increase her inventory.
Maricho hopes to improve the quality of her business and service. She dreams of giving her child a better life in the future. She meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her life and business every week and 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.