This is Olivia, 55, a resident of Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines. She is married to Rod, a businessman, and is a mother to their children. She and her husband manage their household while operating the business. She is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.
Olivia operates a variety store. In the Philippines, a variety store is a retail store that sells inexpensive items, often with a single price for all items in the store. It is the place to go to buy one sachet of shampoo, a small amount of cooking oil, or an egg. She earns money by buying inventory at wholesale prices and selling by the piece. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of 500 PHP in sales every day.
She is requesting a 20,000 PHP loan to help her continue operating her business. She will use the loan to buy groceries, toiletries, and beverages to expand her product inventory. She expects an expansion in her business income as she enlarges her business.
Olivia hopes to have another store and dreams to have a happy and good life. She faithfully meets with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her life and business every week and to draw strength and inspiration from the fellowship and 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 repay 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.