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PIA Press Release
2009/06/27

More KALIPI members self-employed in Abra

by Maritess Beņa

Bangued, Abra (27 June) -- More and more members of the Kalipunan ng mga Lipi Ng Pilipina (KALIPI) in Abra have gained self-employment through the support of the provincial government here.

Three members of the KALIPI in Brgy. Zone 5, Bangued have been provided both skills trainings and seed capitalization to start their own businesses and manage the same for profitability and sustainability.

Ms. Irene Bringas, a Sari-sari Store owner and operator in Brgy. Zone 5, was given a soft loan of P5,000.00 to start her business. The loan granted to her is interest-free and bears no collateral. Trainings on financial management and simple bookkeeping had been provided as well to enable her to efficiently manage her own business. Because of this, she is able to repay the amortization of her loan, while keeping her business rolling at a profit.

Ms. Lolita Olao, a beautician who used to be just a crew then a partner of a beauty parlor, has her own beauty parlor now. Today, she is able to employ her family members and other beauticians in her place. Seed capital was also provided to her in the form of an interest-free and no collateral soft loan.

Ms. Rosemarie Coronel, opened her own Battery Repair Shop for her immediate family members. Her parents used to do the business with a partner since they did not have their own capital then. Coronel sought the financial assistance offered by the provincial government through the KALIPI. Today, they have their own battery repair shop and they can dispose their own income and profit according to how they wish and to the greater benefit of their family members.

Ms. Rosemarie Bacalla, on the other hand, availed only of the skills trainings conducted by the provincial government for the KALIPI members. Bacalla who is from Zone 6, Bangued is a dealer of Personal Care products. With her special trainings on business management, she is able to conduct her business very profitably.

Ms. Noemi Bachiller, the KALIPI provincial focal person of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office had been closely monitoring the businesses of the members to ensure that their amortizations are paid on time and their business operating at a profit and really benefiting their family members since the funds provided to the women entrepreneurs are intended to promote the national government's program on economic resiliency. (PIA-Abra) [top]

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