This is Marcela, 51, a resident of Silang, Cavite, Philippines. She is married to Celso who works as a security guard and she is a mother to her children. She, together with her husband, manages their household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.
Marcela operates a pineapple farm. She grows pineapple on their farm located in Cavite. It is in the highlands where it is suitable to grow pineapple. She sells her product to market and fruit stores that she regularly supplies and to the local community. She earns a minimum of PHP 1,000 in sales every week.
To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a PHP 22,000 loan. She will be using the loan to buy fertilizer and farm inputs for her business and part of the loan will go to the maintenance of her farm. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.
Marcela dreams of being able to give her children a good and quality education and hopes to expand her business. 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 Micro Finance 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.