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Early on in our charitable work in the Philippines, we realized that although the school sponsorship program and providing food to malnourished children were worthy projects, these were not self-sustaining so we embarked in a new direction where we could teach adults a skill that would enable them to start their own business. Through the generous donation from the Lloyd and Carol Brown Foundation, we were able to build a training center that provides extensive classes to adults in starting a small business. Classes started in 2009 and continue to this day. The demand was so great that we elected to double the size of our training center. All classes are vocational in nature (sewing, weaving, cooking, pedicure/manicure, etc) but we also provide simple accounting classes to prepare these future entrepreneurs for the business world. Several hundred adults have benefited from these classes.

As a follow on to this training, we decided to provide small loans to ladies who wanted to start their own businesses. Thus Project Kasiligan (PK) was born. PK is patterned after the very successful loan program that Muhammid Yunus started in Bangladesh in the 1980’s. It is called the Grameen Method of Micro-financing. Currently we have 7 active loan centers where poor women can borrow a small amount of capital to start their own business. Our goal is to have 15 active centers by the end of 2012. The women who avail themselves of these loans cannot get a traditional loan at a bank because they have no collateral. Our emphasis is on the “group dynamics” of the center where each woman is responsible to the group if they don’t pay their loan.

Participants with Project Kasaligan Staff and Food Critics

Food Clinic

Date Posted: May 26, 2017

It was a successful half day event full of food tasting and food critique last May 23, 2017 held at BigHoop Training …


Newly trained bayong makers

Date Posted: September 26, 2016

Geronima Fausto Geronima is a member of the Indigenous People Association in Talakag Bukidnon who is determined to learn and engage into …


Training on Food and Meat Processing

Date Posted: September 23, 2016

It was a successful 3 day skills enhancement training on baking and meat processing which took place last August 8, 9 and 10 …


Training on bayong weaving

Date Posted: August 30, 2016

One of our goals is to empower women by providing them with sustainable livelihood trainings. Due to a high demand of bayongs …


Rabbit Cage

Date Posted: October 16, 2015

The construction of the rabbit cage was completed in 2013 designed by David Amstutz an architect student of Kansas State University. This …


Investment Opportunity Seminar on Cacao

Date Posted: October 6, 2015

We believe farming is one important basic component  for the growth of the community. In partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, …

Pizu and Zobira

Bayong Makers

Date Posted: June 19, 2015

Libton “Babo” Mandoc Libton is commonly known as “Babo” or Aunt in her community. When her husband died in a vehicular accident …


Swine Project Facility Expansion

Date Posted: June 18, 2015

For the year 2015 we aim to increase the number of sows to accommodate the projected demand of piglets from our Micro …

Swine Project Gallery
Deep Well and Potable Water Distribution