BA­NANA BUSI­NESS GROWS WITH HARD WORK, DSWD HELP

Sun.Star Cebu - - NEIGHBORHOOD -

A fam­ily from Lila town in Bo­hol be­came suc­cess­ful in their ba­nana chips pro­duc­tion after they re­ceived a fi­nan­cial grant from the Sus­tain­able Liveli­hood Pro­gram (SLP) of the Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment (DSWD).

“I am glad that I was given the chance to be part of the Pobla­cion Can­du­lang Sus­tain­able Liveli­hood As­so­ci­a­tion or­ga­nized by the DSWD-SLP. Through this, I re­ceived a grant of P8,335. It was suf­fi­cient enough to ex­pand our ba­nana chips busi­ness,” Adelfa Bon­doc said.

Be­fore en­ter­ing in the busi­ness, Bon­doc had no other means of in­come. She took care of her chil­dren and ran er­rands in her house­hold, while her hus­band Chal­lier put food on the ta­ble by work­ing as a mo­tor­cy­cle-for-hire driver.

Chal­lier also did car­pen­try. His in­come of P300-P450 per day is not enough to feed seven mouths in his fam­ily.

In 2016, Bon­doc at­tended a liveli­hood skills train­ing on ba­nana chips pro­duc­tion, which was ini­ti­ated by a non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion.

She hes­i­tated in ven­tur­ing into busi­ness as she had no cap­i­tal and equip­ment back then.

“We barely had enough money to buy food for three meals, let alone put up cap­i­tal to start a busi­ness,” Bon­doc said.

The Bon­docs are ben­e­fi­cia­ries of DSWD’s Pantawid Pam­ilyang Pilipino Pro­gram (4Ps).

De­spite re­ceiv­ing cash grants for her three chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion and for her fam­ily’s health, Bon­doc said they still had to find ways to aug­ment their in­come.

Tak­ing the risk

Bon­doc and Chal­lier de­cided to take the risk as they want to give their chil­dren a bright fu­ture. They made their first packs of ba­nana chips from the ba­nanas they har­vested from their back­yard and sold them to one of the sari-sari stores in barangay Pobla­cion Can­du­lang, Lila.

The Bon­docs’ prod­uct be­came pop­u­lar in the vil­lage. They pro­duced more chips due to the pos­i­tive feed­back.

With start-up cap­i­tal of P3,000, they were able to pro­duce 70 packs that they dis­trib­uted within Lila.

The de­mand for their ba­nana chips later in­creased, and they could hardly ac­com­mo­date all or­ders be­cause their cap­i­tal fund was not enough and they lacked the equip­ment for mass pro­duc­tion.

After Bon­doc re­ceived fi­nan­cial aid from DSWD-SLP, her fam­ily’s busi­ness con­tin­ues to thrive to this day. The ba­nana chips are now dis­played in the con­ve­nience stores in the towns of Va­len­cia, Loay, Dauis, Panglao and Tag­bi­la­ran City.

The Bon­docs earn an av­er­age of P18,000 per week, and they are now op­er­at­ing their own sari-sari store. They pur­chased ad­di­tional pro­duc­tion equip­ment and a mul­ti­cab for prod­uct de­liv­ery to their cus­tomers.

The fam­ily ven­tured into other busi­nesses like sell­ing drink­ing wa­ter to neigh­bors.

Bon­doc is a Pantawid par­ent leader, serv­ing as the di­rect link be­tween the pro­gram and the ben­e­fi­cia­ries. She also helps the Mu­nic­i­pal Link of the Pantawid pro­gram, es­pe­cially in up­dat­ing the pro­file of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries and con­duct­ing meet­ings and fam­ily de­vel­op­ment ses­sions.

She has a big role in the over­all im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 4Ps. She gives time to this vol­un­tary work at the same time works hard to earn a de­cent liv­ing for her fam­ily.

“We can re­ally im­prove our life by work­ing hard and giv­ing sup­port to the fam­ily’s liveli­hood en­ter­prise. With this, we can now pro­vide good ed­u­ca­tion to our chil­dren. I am grate­ful to DSWD-SLP for the fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to ex­pand our busi­ness,” Bon­doc said.

CON­TRIB­UTED FOTO

GO­ING BA­NANAS. Adelfa Bon­doc pre­pares the ba­nana chips for de­liv­ery to her cus­tomers in her home­town in Lila, Bo­hol.

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