LIVELIHOOD SKILLS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

The College of Business Administration in its aim to serve, the residents of Barangay Puntod the adopted community of Capitol University, by providing alternative source of income, as of date, has conducted the following activities: trainings on Soap making, Curtain making, Children’s Panty making, Candle and Soap making, Rug weaving, Longganisa making, Banana chips making, Crochet skill enhancement, Peanut Butter making, and Fancy Jewellery making; extended marketing assistance to rug weaving skill training and to crochet skill enhancement/training beneficiaries; and Feeding the Sendong victims (children).

For the school year, a total of 9 skill trainings have been conducted. Monitoring result showed at least 20% of the beneficiaries have ventured into business with total sales of P30, 094 with a net income at an average of 70% which resulted to the additional income at an average of 85%, for those who agreed to be included in the monitoring. Excluded also are those who have been relocated, which, during the evaluation last May 24, 2012 an evaluator from the North City Central evacuation center attested that the trainings conducted to the Sendong victims have been put to good use as such that the trainees are currently producing and selling the finished goods which have generated additional income for their families.

Many of the project beneficiaries, who were asked if the livelihood activities conducted have helped them and their family, said that it helped them a lot because they now have applied into practice what they have learned to produce goods that they are selling to earn additional income; that they are now able to easily provide for the school needs of their children and even the food for the family. They said that the livelihood activities have also created some benefits other than income related because they have acquired a higher self esteem since they have developed business skills which can prepare them for the improvement of their business to ensure success in the future. Upon acquisition of the skills, as recounted by a couple of the beneficiaries, many of them instead of just gossiping and doing nothing, are now very busy with producing the goods and that even their children and the whole family is helping out with it since it had already become a source of income for the family.

For marketing assistance, the BA students, especially those who are financially in need, were encouraged to volunteer not only to attend the skill trainings but also to help sell the beneficiaries’ finished products. Many of our volunteer students were able to apply what they have learned in their marketing subjects by helping dispose of the products aside from earning an income, since they sold the products at a mark up.

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