Tuesday, September 25, 2012

CCT Partners Join Food and Drinks Asia 2012

Kathleen Yao (left), a volunteer coach with the Business Development Services unit
 of the Center for Community Transformation, tries some siomai-lunggay made and sold by
 Erna Gonzaga.  Kathleen, who teaches entrepreneurship in a Singapore university,
trained the CCT micro finance partners on how to  package their product,
how to approach a customer, and how to close a deal, during the expo.

Visitors to the Food and Drinks Asia 2012 crowd around the CCT booth for a free taste of salabat
 or ginger ale. 
Ever heard of siomai-lunggay?  It's your traditional siomai  (Chinese pork dumpling) made more nutritious with the addition of malunggay leaves. It is also a product made and sold by  Erna Gonzaga, recipient of a micro finance loan from the Center for Community Transformation Credit and Savings Cooperative.  

Erna and two other CCT micro finance recipients recently  joined  Food and Drinks Asia 2012, an international exposition of local and imported food and drinks where they displayed siomai-lunggay,  buko (young coconut) drink, and ginger ale.  Their joining helped them gain business contacts and learn business techniques from experts in the field.   

The CCT Credit and Savings Cooperative offers  loans, savings, insurance,  training, and business mentoring to micro entrepreneurs who often do not have access to such financial services. Unlike other non-government organizations that offer micro finance, CCT couples its  financial services with evangelism and discipleship.   

The expo was held at the World Trade Center in Manila on September 6 - 9, 2012.

(Left to right) Emelinda Ramos (maker and distributor of buko drink
and buko salad), Erna Gonzaga, and Jennifer de Castro (maker of ginger
ale powder). 



Emelinda Ramos of Silang Cavite started her buko juice business in the year 2000.

Jennifer de Castro of the CCT Las Piñas branch started her salabat
business when her family was still in Catanduanes.

Photos and reporting: Michelle Taway

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