Priscila is 58 years old and happily married to Antonio, who works as a farmer. She is a resident of Silang, Cavite, Philippines. God has blessed Priscila and her husband with loving children. Life indeed is hard but by the grace of God, they have been able to raise their children well and they help each other work for their family. Priscila owns a variety store, which is a small store that can be owned by anyone in the community. Generally, stores are connected to, or inside, people’s houses. This is where you can buy a sachet of shampoo or conditioner, a bar of soap, 5-PHP worth of cooking oil, or an egg. Priscila buys her products from a wholesaler and sells them by the piece at a higher price to earn a profit. Her regular customers are neighbors, passersby, and people in her community. Priscila earns 300 PHP each day.
Priscila is requesting a 10,000 PHP loan to buy groceries, toiletries, and beverages to expand her product inventory. Her loan will be a great help to add more products to her store. Priscila hopes that her business will expand and she dreams of always being in good health. She meets up weekly with her co-fellowship* members to share stories of her life and business and draw strength and inspiration from fellowship and studying 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 who gather to study the Word of God, build social capital, and repay 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.