This is Liza, 43, resident of Silang, Cavite, Philippines. She is married to Cresencio, a tricycle driver. She, together with her husband, manages their household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for her everyday expenses.
Liza operates a food stall. She sells pancakes, cool drinks, turon (a Filipino snack made of thinly sliced bananas and a slice of jackfruit, dusted with brown sugar, rolled in a spring roll wrapper and fried), pancit or noodles and other snack foods. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of PHP 600 in sales every day.
To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a PHP 11,000 loan. She will be utilizing the loan to buy different ingredients for the different products that she sells in her food stall.
Liza dreams that her business will continue to expand and hopes that they will always be in good health. She meets up with her co-fellowship members to share stories of her work every week and where she can also 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.