Four people’s organizations engaged in ube (purple yam) production in the municipalities encompassing the Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape in southern Palawan have learned basic business plan preparation, thanks to the training in organizational strengthening and enterprise development by the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative and USAID Protect Wildlife project and in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry. The training would help prepare these organizations to sustain the growth of their respective farming enterprises—where women play major roles—and to build strong partnerships with other organizations.
The training participants drafted their general policies and guidelines on marketing, production, and organizational and financial management. They prepared business proposal that would be presented to other farmer-members to gather support, and to financial institutions and service organizations for potential financial, marketing or technical assistance.
Six more organizations engaged in ube and seaweed production have been scheduled to undergo similar training, which would be followed by a training in basic bookkeeping to show farmers practical ways of organizing financial transactions and using various books of accounts.
Under the W-GDP Initiative, USAID’s Protect Wildlife project targets to support 20 enterprises with active women members and aims to benefit around 5,000 households by strengthening the economic benefits derived from biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of natural resources. W-GDP support for women’s livelihoods includes trainings in organizational development, improved production and post-harvest technologies, strengthening access to credit, and facilitating marketing agreements and networking opportunities. (PWP/ May Anne Ramos)