This is Fe, 56, a resident of Manila in the Philippines. She is married to Reymundo, a sidecar driver, and she is a mother to her children. She, together with her husband and children, manages their own household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.
Fe maintains a piggery business. She earns money 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 earns a minimum of 5,000 Philippine pesos in sales every week.
To help her continue operating her business, she is requesting a loan of 30,000 pesos. She will be utilizing the loan to buy additional hogs and feed needed in her business. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.
Fe hopes to be able to expand soon, just as she hopes to support her children's schooling up to college level. She also hopes to have her house renovated. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her work every week. At these meetings, she can also draw strength and inspiration from the Word of God she studies.
* All CCT community partners and 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 microfinance 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.