FROM RAGS TO RICHES

Posted on June 29, 2017August 26, 2022Categories Client Story, Success Stories   Leave a comment on FROM RAGS TO RICHES

In Damarinas Cavite, scraps of fabric have spawned communities of hardworking rag makers and families with added income. At the helm of this movement is husband-and-wife team Ranie and Haydee Villaruz, who found a fortune in basahang bilog (round rags). In May 2016, TSPI’s Enterprise Development Services (EDS) was thinking up new community-driven projects when the idea of affordable, easy-to-produce rags from factories’ scrap materials came into the picture. “We wanted something productive for our nanays (mothers) and their families — something that … Continue reading “FROM RAGS TO RICHES”

EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES

Posted on February 28, 2017August 26, 2022Categories Client Story, Success Stories   Leave a comment on EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES

The serene waters of Tayabas Bay would sometimes peek in between the coconut trees dotting the horizon in Catanauan, Quezon. A six-hour drive from Manila, the first-class municipality stands on gently rolling hills, so fertile that almost every household depends on the land for sustenance, from copra production to rice farming. But for farmer Tatay Fortunato Mendoza, a TSPI Programang Pang-agrikultura (TPP) client since 2012, harnessing the richness of the soil is far from easy.  For one, his community’s experience … Continue reading “EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES”

THE FARMER IS A BUSINESSMAN

Posted on February 20, 2017August 26, 2022Categories Client Story, Success Stories   Leave a comment on 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, sown 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 uplift his way of living. What he doesn’t realize is that he … Continue reading “THE FARMER IS A BUSINESSMAN”

WHEN HAPPINESS FINDS YOU

Posted on September 22, 2016September 14, 2022Categories Client Story, Success Stories   Leave a comment on 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 tragedies drained her resources, and the stress from the ordeal weakened her … Continue reading “WHEN HAPPINESS FINDS YOU”

FROM FARMER TO LANDOWNER

Posted on May 29, 2015September 14, 2022Categories Client Story, Success Stories   Leave a comment on FROM FARMER TO LANDOWNER

TATAY DANILO Flores of Valencia, Bukidnon barely finished high school and had no land of his own to till.  But because he was born to farming parents and taught the ways of the land at a young age of 12, there was no way he can escape his fate, which turned out to be sweet. Since 2007, Tatay Danilo has been harvesting an average of 350 cavans of rice from the three hectares he maintained as a tenant.  Eventually, he … Continue reading “FROM FARMER TO LANDOWNER”

BAGOONG MAKER AND PANDAN WEAVER WIN TOP PRIZE, SPECIAL CITATION IN THE 12th CITI MICROENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARDS

Posted on October 30, 2014September 14, 2022Categories Client Awards, Client Story, Success Stories 1 Comment on BAGOONG MAKER AND PANDAN WEAVER WIN TOP PRIZE, SPECIAL CITATION IN THE 12th CITI MICROENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARDS

TWO CLIENTS of Tulay sa Pag-unlad, Inc. (TSPI) win top honors from the 12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards sponsored by the Citi Foundation, Citibank, the Microfinance Council of the Philippines, and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Teresita Valdez, owner of Viaña Food Condiments, a bagoong manufacturing company in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan is named this year’s National Winner. Purificacion Tagulinao, meanwhile, bags the Special Award for Innovation.  Tagulinao is a manufacturer of products made out of pandan leaves based in Luisiana, … Continue reading “BAGOONG MAKER AND PANDAN WEAVER WIN TOP PRIZE, SPECIAL CITATION IN THE 12th CITI MICROENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARDS”

STEP-IN TO SUCCESS

Posted on November 9, 2011August 26, 2022Categories Client Story, Success Stories 1 Comment on STEP-IN TO SUCCESS

Before engaging in slipper manufacturing, Nanay Jocelyn and her husband worked in a footwear factory. Determined to earn more for their family, the couple started their slipper manufacturing business in 2005. According to Nanay Jocelyn, she realized that it was a good business choice as the industry was growing in their locality. At the start of the enterprise, Nanay Jocelyn had a weekly sales of Php24,000 with a P2,000 net income. They didn’t have workers then. But as the business grew, the demand … Continue reading “STEP-IN TO SUCCESS”

SEWING IN FAITH

Posted on November 9, 2011August 26, 2022Categories Client Story, Success Stories   Leave a comment on SEWING IN FAITH

When Nanay Corazon first observed a TSPI center meeting in 2008, she thought it was a prayer meeting. She asked one of the members, “What are you talking about under the tree?” She was curious to know why the group was praying and were very happy. At that time, Nanay Corazon was working as a sewer and did not want a loan. Her friends were asking her to join the group however she was fearful of the responsibility of borrowing. … Continue reading “SEWING IN FAITH”

DODGING LIFE’S CURVE BALLS

Posted on June 22, 2011August 26, 2022Categories Client Story, Success Stories 1 Comment on DODGING LIFE’S CURVE BALLS

In one fell swoop, Ma. Isabel Paloma, mother of three, saw her fate change.  Her husband was barangay councilor trying to break a fight when he got shot. Isabel found him lying unconscious on the ground and rushed him to a nearby hospital. “Iyak ako nang iyak. Pumunta ako sa ospital ng walang kapera-pera. Dalawang linggo kami dun (I was crying hard. I brought him to the hospital, without any money. We spent two weeks there),” she says. The burden of … Continue reading “DODGING LIFE’S CURVE BALLS”

REAPING WHAT SHE SOWS

Posted on May 5, 2011August 26, 2022Categories Client Story, Success Stories   Leave a comment on REAPING WHAT SHE SOWS

Vegetable farmer Elma Gabriel is proud of her big, calloused hands. The multiple and crisscrossing lines not only show proof of hard work, but also speak of her long, arduous journey towards becoming a successful micro-entrepreneur.      Everyday, the mother of nine wakes up at 3 a.m. to cook food for 55 people who work in her 10-hectare farm in Bayambang, Pangasinan. Before the sun is up, she’s already hard at work on the field. She goes home to cook lunch … Continue reading “REAPING WHAT SHE SOWS”