This is Marcela, 38, resident of Malibay, Pasay, Philippines. She is married to Rey and a mother to her five children. She, together with her husband, manage their household while operating the business. She works hard to provide for their everyday needs.
Marcela maintains a direct selling business. She sells Glomal products, vitamins, juice and coffee. A customer's order is bought in cash by the dealer and then given to the customer with a one-month-to-pay credit. Dealer’s prices are lower than those in the catalogue, and these are the profits that dealers are investing on as their income. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of PHP 2,000 in sales every week.
To help her continue the operations of her business, she is requesting a PHP 20,000 loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy additional supplies of Glomal products, vitamins, juice, coffee and other products needed in her business.
Marcela’s dream is for her business to grow bigger, and she is hoping to give her children a good life and education. She meets up with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her life and business every week. She can also draw strength and inspiration from the fellowship and the Word of God that 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.