The Sapal People’s Handicraft and Processed Food Center in Barangay Sapal, San Lorenzo, Guimaras is a classic example of women empowerment by way of providing a sustainable livelihood to augment the meager income of farmers around the community.
While it has become an attraction by itself being included in the bucket list of tourists visiting the island province of Guimaras, the center is a communal work place and source of income for a living of the residents nearby from those who plant and maintain pandan plants and buri, to the weavers and the center staff who run the office.
Each member is given the chance on a day to day basis to manage the office and each has a role for every product being produced for display and selling.
The center has started mass producing hand-woven bags, slippers, bed mats, hats, purse, hand bags and even laptop, cellphone and iPad pouch.
A local pandan plantation is being maintained by the farmers around the center in order to secure a steady supply of leaves in cases of huge orders and during peak seasons where novelty products are made-to-order like hot
In case one is interested to see and buy these native handicrafts, feel free to call Punong Barangay Evelina Salcedo at 09123346332 and 09123758534. Remember, for every item you buy, a mouth is fed and a child is sent to school. IMT