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Unity to liberate us from poverty, says women's association president

Pagadian City (11 November) -- It is through unity that we have found new endeavor which we believe a path that would liberate us from the bondage of poverty by utilizing our idle times for productive venture.

This was disclosed by Marife B. Villacrusis, President of Unity Women's Association (UWA) of Alang-Alang, San Pablo, Zamboanga del Sur before the anti-poverty multi-stakeholders led by DSWD IX Operations Division chief, Aida Magracia during the team's visit in the said barangay.

Villacrusis said, they agreed to form an association to help raise their husband's income and to improve the living conditions of their family. "It was on October 22, 2009 that UWA was founded which started with 30 members," Villacrusis added.

In order to meet the demands of their members and the community as well, Villacrusis said DSWD's Self-Employment Assistance ?Kaunlaran (SEA-K) Program granted UWA a loan amounting to P120,000

Barely 10 months from the start of their business, they were able to generate a net income of more than P30,000 and the money entrusted to them by the department bear bountiful fruits.

"Out of the total loan we received, we were able to payback one third of it and at the same time, earning huge income of it. Today, our business is worth more than P150,000." Villacrusis proudly said.

UWA's president revealed that in their business undertakings, they experienced trials and hardships, but armed with their core values of'unity with God, with family, and with community together we have rendered service to others.'

Villacrusis said the success of their livelihood programs were attributed also to the untiring efforts of Senior Project Development Development Officer Gloria B. Sissay, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO). Sasanelle Gumera and former Project Development Officer Rowel Gawat who equipped them with the necessary skills in pursuing the project and helped them in the preparation of the documents. (PIA9-ZamboSur/GCC) [top]

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