Feature: Fruits of hard work from microfinance program
By R.G. Cadavos
Maasin City, Southern Leyte (19 June) -- An awardee of the Ramon Magsaysay for Entrepreneurs at the national level way back year 2006, Nathaniel Sansan, now 50 years old had expanded his business venture which started in the early 1990's yet.
With P2,000 as additional capital loaned from the Self Employment Assistance program of the government through the local Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), "Nat" as known to everyone here, begun his native delicacies business where his family members run solely.
Nat who's products' name is "Nat's Bukarillo" said that "running a business is not easy, especially if your capital is not enough". By year 1995, an additional amount of P5,000 was borrowed again from the microfinance program of the DSWD, to expand his business making native delicacies such as bucarillo, salvaro, otap, and chips from camote, banana and gabi.
Nat also participated in skills trainings conducted by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to enhance the packaging, labeling, marketing and good manufacturing practices of the products their family enterprise produced.
For more than ten years in the business, Nat disclosed that "the hardwork earned his family a concrete house, fully furnished, since previously, we are living in a house built with light materials." His five children are continuously studying, 3 are in the college level, and one is the elementary level while the other already finished a course, he narrated.
Nat with his wife Jacinta and five children, helped operate the business. They had already owned a mini factory attached in his house with around 22 employees working, mostly adults.
Nat's Bucarillo products are distributed throughout the region, as far from Tacloban City, Baybay City, then Hilongos and Bato and here in the locality. They also participated in trade fairs that are conducted in different areas, in Cebu, Manila and here in the province which helped them promote their products. (PIA-Soleyte) [top]