This is Generoso, who is 37 years old and a resident of Bacoor, Cavite in the Philippines. He is married to Christina, a vendor, and they have children. He and his wife manage their own household while operating the business. At this time, he is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.
Generoso is a fish vendor. He buys different kinds of fish at wholesale prices and sells them by the kilo. He buys fish at the local fish port early in the morning. There are many patrons who prefer his products since they are assured of its freshness and cleanliness. His store is located in a temporary fish market, and his regular customers are his neighbors and the local community. He earns a minimum of 1,000 PHP in sales every day.
To help him continue operations of his business, he is requesting a 40,000 PHP loan. He will be utilizing the loan to buy varieties of fish needed in his business.
Generoso hopes to be successful in business and dreams that his children will finish their studies. He meets up with his co-fellowship* members to share stories of his work every week and to also draw strength and inspiration from the Word of God he 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.