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Leonida M., 57, is married to Yolemundo Mendes, a laborer/ collector, and they are blessed with five children. She makes sure that her family has enough provision for their daily needs and helps her husband earn so that their family can have a better life. Leonida is involved in direct selling of popular brand products.

Leonida has been a regular member of Kiva partner, Center for Community Transformation (CCT), for more than a year now. She regularly attends the weekly fellowship meeting* and pays her weekly dues consistently. As she has a good repayment record with her previous loans, she is able to borrow ten times more from CCT's Cooperative. She has been consistent in paying her dues because she used the money she borrowed to expand and improve her business.

Now, with your help, she would like to apply for a loan of 19,000 PHP. This amount will be used as a source of added capital for her expanding business, enabling her to make advance orders on her direct-selling lines. Leonida dreams that her business will continue to grow so that she can give her family a prosperous life.

* 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.

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
  • 382
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $70,831,400
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 46.1
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $425 helped Leonida to make advance orders on her direct-selling lines.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 18, 2010
Mar 3, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 15, 2010