Saturday, November 15, 2014

Lydia Awardee Shares Story

 Analyn Estrella shares her story before an
international group of development workers.
"It is an honor to meet you in person,"
says Todd Engelsen, president of PEER
Servants, the Lydia Award organizer.
Analyn Estrella,  recipient of the 2014 Lydia award, recently shared a brief account of her business success with participants of the Transformative Economic Empowerment (TEE) training conference. She said, “CCT not only helped me rebuild my business after it floundered, but it also introduced me to the Lord Jesus Christ who is my business partner today.”Analyn has received microfinance loans from the Center for Community Transformation (CCT)  Credit Cooperative since 2007, is an alumna of its business mentoring program and is the hands-on owner of a bakery and pizza commissary.  

The Lydia award program is organized by PEER Servants and is named after Lydia, the entrepreneur mentioned in Acts 16:14 who used the proceeds of her business to expand the kingdom of God. Winners are microfinance recipients  who show business growth, have good payment records, are innovative and creative, have a strong impact on church and community, have potential for further business growth, and have overcome major problems in growing their business.

Analyn was chosen from a pool of 20 nominees received from partner organizations of PEER Servants in 10 countries.  She received a cash prize of $2,000 dollars with which to enhance her business.   

TEE is an annual gathering of development workers hosted by the CCT Training and Development Institute in cooperation with ministry partners, Hope International, and Peer Servants.  This year’s participants are from Burundi, Cameroon, India, Korea, Malawi, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and Zambia.

Analyn Estrella receives a cash prize of $2,000 as Lydia awardee for 2014. 
Also in photo (left to right)  are Carson Tan,  Analyn’s mentor
 in CCT’s life and business mentoring program; 
Rolando Estrella, Analyn’s husband;  Ron Chua, CCT Credit Co-op chairperson;
  Richard Diez, CCT Credit Co-op Growth  Enterprise Loan program officer;
 Jovy Empleo, CCT Credit Co-op regional peer servant; Jezryl Abante, 
CCT Credit Co-op team servant, and Todd Engelsen.  
Analyn and her family flanked by Carson Tan (extreme left) and Michael
Salili, CCT Credit Cooperative peer servant (extreme right). 

For Analyn’s full story, please click on this link:

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