A Gift of Land for Her Community
Amelita Estorco, a 37-year-old successful farmer in Negros Occidental, finished only grade school and married Nilo at 14. The couple farmed an inherited one-hectare piece of land as they started to raise a family. Through hard work, perseverance, and by God’s grace, the couple acquired additional farmlands where they plant rice and sugarcane, and raise hogs.
However, they earned little because they leaned heavily on usurious moneylenders for their capital needs. In 2015, Amelita became a member of the CCT Credit Cooperative which gave her an agricultural loan for fertilizer and spray. Because she faithfully attended weekly fellowship meetings and paid her first two loans, she qualified for a PhP100,000 loan which she used to buy a rice milling machine.
Today, the couple mill their own harvest and earn extra income from rice milling. Since Amelita’s CCT loan is payable upon harvest at a low interest rate of 2% per month, her profits increased and her family was able to purchase three hectares of sugarcane land, a refrigerator, and a motorcycle.
Amelita shares her blessings with others. A piece of land she donated to her community is now used as a basketball court.
Amelita has big dreams for her children. She continues to work hard for her family and trusts in God that she will succeed, holding on to His promise in Psalm 37:3—“Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.”