A loan of $400 helped buy more quantities of products like meats, condiments and seasonings.

Cecilia's story

This is Cecilia M., 60, a resident of Dasmariñas, Cavite, Philippines. She is married to Leandro M., an analyst, and is the mother to a young, hardworking adult.

Cecilia operates a snack stall. She mainly sells "proven," sometimes also known as "chicken proven" or spelled "proben." According to Wikipedia, "proven" is “a type of street food popular in some regions of the Philippines. It consists essentially of the proventriculus (part of the stomach) of a chicken, dipped in cornstarch, and deep-fried. It is served either in a small bagful of vinegar, or skewered on bamboo sticks to be dipped in the vinegar just before it is eaten.” She also sells “palamig,” a kind of sweetened beverage with cut-up gelatin floating in the vanilla flavored drink. Her main customers are her neighbors and her immediate community. She earns a minimum of 500 Philippine pesos a day.

To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a Php18,000 loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy more quantities of products like meats, condiments and seasonings. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business. Cecilia has been a member of Center for Community Transformation for five years now and regularly attends fellowship meetings.

Cecilia dreams to be able to enjoy a peaceful and successful life through all her hard work on her business.

*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.

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