Weaving a better future

The Philippines has a deep and storied tradition of creating woven products, from clothing and accessories to crafts and furniture. However, demand for handmade products drastically dropped in favor of cheaper machine-produced options. This poses a threat for places in the country where culture and livelihood revolve around weaving and handicrafts. One such place is […]

From certified organic to certified success

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. For the struggling farmers in Alegria town, Cebu, it was time to do something different to succeed. And they did. Agriculture had long been the primary source of income for Alegria residents, but they faced a crisis when their traditional farm produce […]

That extra dark brown sugar sweetens lives in Antique

Farmers in Laua-an, Antique, have long relied on muscovado sugar and other agricultural products for livelihood. Yet there was hardly enough income for a decent living. In official figures, Laua-an residents are the third poorest in the province of Antique. Five out of every 10 residents are poor in this farming municipality. Laua-an Multi-Purpose Cooperative […]

Growing businesses, growing communities

Setting up your own shop and business is only the beginning. What comes next is an even bigger challenge: growth. Members of local communities in Antique know the value of having their own business, but like other regions in the country, they lack the skills in management, marketing, and enough funds to turn their dreams […]

A coastal village with no water to drink

Clean water need not be scarce for residents of this coastal village that is named after a river and lies along the shores of a great gulf. The irony is that, for years, they had no potable water nearby. Fetching water was a daily struggle for residents of Ilog town, Negros Occidental. Ilog (or river), […]

Rice farmers found help from an unlikely ally: ducks

In times of need, turn to your friends – including the feathered kind. Farming is life for most communities in the CARAGA region, and rice is the crop of choice. Nine out of every 10 farmers in this northeastern province of Mindanao are engaged in rice planting, with thousands heavily relying on this harvest as […]

Farmers are raising goats… and their livelihood too

The Negros Island Region is known for its agriculture and vast fields of farms, and none is greener than the town of Calatrava. Having one of the most suitable plantation areas in the island, the community and families of this farming town in Negros Occidental have long heavily relied on the fruits and vegetables they […]

Finding sweet success by spreading chocolate

The best way to attain a goal is by working with others who share the same dream as yours. This belief sparked the idea for a group of farmers to put up the Subasta Integrated Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Subasta) in Calinan, Davao City. With its members heavily dependent on cacao farming for their livelihood, farmers […]

Farmers went bananas – and happy about it

When the going gets tough, there’s nothing else you can do but “go bananas”. This is what residents of Magpet town in Cotabato did, and they’re just thankful they did so – literally. As revealed in statistics a few years ago, 97% of Magpet’s 1,600 households were living below the poverty line. That was almost […]

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