Bato – Catanduanes

Bato – Catanduanes

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Training Program for Abaca and Karagumoy-based Clients of SEDP in Albay and Catanduanes  

During the third and fourth weeks of July 2013, another training took part in Bato, in the island of Catanduanes. This training session was also carried out by the SEDcen and SEDP staff. The main outline of the project  was as follows.

Background
The Simbag Sa Pag-asenso, Inc. (SEDP) is a leading, church-based local microfinance institution in Bicol Region committed to total advancement of the entrepreneurial poor.
Its five key programs are:
  1. Advocacy and educational services
  2. Social services
  3. Spiritual development and formation services
  4. Scholarship program
  5. Enterprise development services (EDS).
The EDS aims to provide opportunities for upgrading and promoting the selected commodities’ value and market expansion through value chain development.  Among these commodities are karagumoy or pandan simplex and abaca or manila hemp.
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In the needs assessment conducted by PinoyME among the micro-entrepreneur clients of SEDP, among the needs identified by the clients were entrepreneurship and product development assistance.
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It is along this line that the following program has been conceptualized.
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Program Objectives
At the end of the program, the participants will  have gained the following:
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge on entrepreneurship
  • Exposure to best practices, measures and tools in developing and growing their enterprises
  • Learning of additional weaving designs
  • Additional skill on designs and product development
Participants
The program is designed for 60 ME clients of SEDP in Albay and Catanduanes. Specifically, the program targets the Manaet Weavers Association based in Bacacay, Albay composed of about 30 members and whose manager, Mrs. Sonia Bodonal, is a client of the SEDP. Furthermore, the program will expand to 30 members in Bato and San Miguel, Catanduanes.
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Methodology
Combination of theories, exercises, workshops and application of learning. Classroom lectures will be integrated with demonstration, group exercises and one-on-one mentoring

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