Twenty-five women who belong to the Kiraynon-Bukidnon Indigenous People (IP) are now earning income after availing of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The 25 beneficiaries from Laua-an town in the province of Antique, which is considered as Geographically Isolated and Depressed Area (GIDA), completed a nine-day training on sewing and basic business practice through SLP.
“We want to empower the trainees with valuable technical skills and financial management to develop and enhance their entrepreneurship skills,” said Don Sasu, focal person of IP.
The training targeted Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries and the IP women who happenned to be members of the program.
Each recipient was provided with a starter kit including a sewing machine after the training.
Epefania Samillano, 59, of Barangay Guiamon and the oldest among the beneficiaries said that the sewing machine is a very big help to their family especially that her husband only earns through charcoal making.
She planned to also share her learning with her fellow IP.
Tita Puetes of Barangay Tigunhao also considered the livelihood training as a “blessing.”
“I could have my own income and help my husband,” she said.
These women are now selling sewn dresses in their community.
SLP is a community‐based program which provides capacity building to improve its participants’ socio‐economic status. It supports microenterprises to become organizationally and economically viable and links them to employment opportunities. PR/IMT