Livelihood programs give hope in Marawi
Hope and opportunities emerged for the residents of war-torn Marawi City as livelihood programs for bakers-to-be and corn farmers were launched.
Dubbed as “Kawiyagan – Biyaya ng Pagbabago” program, Aboitiz Foundation initiated sustainable livelihood projects for the residents of Sagonsongan Resettlement Site that houses thousands of displaced families.
Three newly-constructed bakeries were inaugurated as part of the program and 12 bakery kits were distributed to qualified Kilusang Pagbabago affiliated local groups and organizations in Iligan and Marawi.
Jasmine Balt, one of the beneficiaries, was thankful for the opportunity after losing their sources of income during the five-month-long siege.
“Kung mabigyan po kami ng pagkakataon na magkaroon ng livelihood na bakery, napaka-laking tulong po sa amin, lalo na sa mga mothers na walang kabuhayan ngayon,” Balt said as quoted by Aboitiz Foundation in a statement.
Each bakery kit included a steel oven, bread racks, working table, dough roller, display shelf, delivery bicycle, and an initial supply of Pilmico Halal flour.
The donation also came with training in baking to help sustain the beneficiaries’ new enterprise.
Meanwhile, Aboitiz Foundation with non-stock, non-profit Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship’s GoNegosyo will mentor some 200 Maranao yellow corn farmers.
A three-year micro-entrepreneurship partnership program for the displaced people in Balo-i resettlement area will be trained and financed until they pass the Pilmico corn quality standard.
The program was headed by Aboitiz Equity Ventures’ food subsidiary Pilmico and Aboitiz Foundation, together with GoNegosyo and Task Force Bangon Marawi. /je
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