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Esmeralda C. is 61 years old and her husband, Nolasco, is also 61. The couple has been farming for 40 years now. Nolasco also drives for a living. They have six children who have finished their college education. Esmeralda helps her husband earn a living by managing a variety store, which is adjacent to their house. They live together in the breezy town of Silang, Cavite.

When they are in season, Esmeralda trades bananas, pineapples and other crops from their farm in the nearby market. But while waiting for the harvest to come in, she attends to her general store (as shown in the picture). Monthly, she earns an estimated income of around 12,000 PHP. Esmeralda is proud to declare that her children finished college out of the couple's earnings. She was also able to purchase a jeepney, which they are now using to deliver fruits and other crops to the market.

To help her continue operation of her business, Esmeralda is requesting a loan of 24,000 PHP. She plans to use this amount to purchase additional grocery items for her store. She will use part of this loan to fund the next cropping of their pineapple farm. Esmeralda believes that through this loan, she will be able to increase her earning capacity as a microentrepreneur.

Esmeralda wishes to become wealthier so she can help her poor neighbors and relatives. Her usual prayers include good health and harmonious relationships amongst her children. As a CCT community partner, she faithfully attends the group's weekly fellowship* meeting where she can also draw strength and inspiration from the Word of God.

* 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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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.

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  • $7,000
    Average annual income
  • 358
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    Philippines Loans Fundraising
  • $65,916,575
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 43.6
    Philippines Pesos (PHP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $575 helped Esmeralda to buy additional grocery items for her store and fund the next cropping of pineapples.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 17, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 15, 2011