This is Merlyn, 32, a resident of Bacoor, Cavite Philippines. She is married to Dennis and a mother to her children. She and her husband manage their own household. She works hard to provide income for her everyday expenses.
Merlyn oversees operations of their tricycle transportation business. They have one tricycle that carries up to four passengers to their destination within the community. The tricycle driver then remits a boundary (daily quota) each day to her. In her business the regular customers are the local community. She earns a minimum of 500 Philippine Pesos (PHP) every day.
To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a 10,000 PHP loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy spare parts, accessories, and also for the maintenance of their motorcycle. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.
Merlyn dreams that her children will finish their studies and hopes to have a good life. She faithfully meets up with her co-fellowship members to share stories of her work every week and draw strength and inspiration from the Word of God she studies.
*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.
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.