THE FARMER IS A BUSINESSMAN

WE USUALLY have a stereotype of a typical small town Filipino farmer—hardworking, skillful, and yet poor.  He tills the soil, sows the seeds of food staples, and provides not only for his family but for a hungry nation in need of sustenance.  And the cycle goes on, leaving the small farmer, content with just providing enough food for his family but not exactly earning the income required to...
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WHEN HAPPINESS FINDS YOU

2008 is a year that Nanay Annabel “Mayeth” Bonsol would rather forget.  Her husband, a barangay councilor, was fatally shot after a political altercation, and her childhood home in Bauan, Batangas was foreclosed by the bank. Up until then, she has had modest success in her ecobag and rug business, which she started in 1999 with a loan from TSPI and a rented sewing machine.  But the twin...
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TSPI CLIENTS GRADUATE FROM STAR PROGRAM

TSPI STAR Program graduates with their TESDA instructors Alfaisal Madueno and Bella Lanado, and Project Officer Marie Ballera THE TECHNICAL Skills and Training Development Authority of the Philippines (TESDA) and Tulay sa Pag-unlad, Inc. (TSPI) organized the closing ceremony of TSPI’s pilot batch of client attendees for Coca-Cola Philippines’ Sari-sari Store Training and Access to...
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CHINA-BASED MFI VISITS TSPI ENTREPRENEURS

SIXTEEN members of the CFPA Microfinance Management Ltd. (CFPAMF), a microfinance institution based in Beijing, China, visited the country to conduct insight visits with various local MFIs in the Philippines.  The delegation was composed of selected managers and supervisors from its pool of branch personnel, engaged in branch operations, training, customer service, and information...
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BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY

When TSPI unveiled its new Discipleship Formation Program in mid-2015, people were initially lukewarm to the idea. Some even asked, “Do you plan to turn us into pastors?” Their fears were soon allayed when Mario Galvez Jr. and the rest of the TSPI discipleship team explained the rationale behind Landas ng Alagad ni Kristo tungo sa Buhay na Araw-araw Yumayabong, or LAKBAY (Filipino for...
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INNOVATE TO CREATE

MANY SMALL Filipino enterprises are born out of a livelihood skill, a bright idea, or a strong drive to sell products to address the needs of the market.  Fortunately for some of these small enterprises, being creative and innovative sets them apart from the rest and proves to be critical in their success. A concrete example of an innovative entrepreneur is Beatriz Sibayan, a 52-year-old...
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