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This is Loreta U., a 57-year-old widow living with her five adult children in a poor community in Parola, Binondo, Manila. Loreta has been working with her old sewing machine for more than ten years now, making and marketing infant wear and infant accessories like comforters and fluffy pillows. She makes 45,000 Philippine pesos a month. She has already bought a motorcycle out of her profits.

Loreta is among the pioneer members of the Center for Community Transformation (CCT) Credit Cooperative. She joined in 1998. Loans provided by the cooperative were very helpful in maintaining her business. She is now applying for a loan of 30,000 Philippine pesos as fresh capital for her business. She will buy raw materials like fabric, cotton, thread and other accessories. She has been dreaming of her own house and lot.

About CCT
The Center for Community Transformation (CCT) is an organized Christian response to poverty and social injustice. It is carried out through the fusion of social development initiatives and an evangelical mission in a uniquely Filipino context. CCT serves urban and rural poor communities throughout the Philippines, in pursuit of its desire to see changed lives, strong families, and transformed communities centered in the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

CCT is a member of the Five Talents family.

Additional Information

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.

About Philippines

  • $7,000
    Average annual income
  • 325
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $70,661,000
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 47.1
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $650 helped Loreta to purchase fabric, cotton, thread and other sewing needs.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 6, 2009
Oct 27, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 15, 2010