Mothers for mothers Innovative approach in providing livelihood to communities

A member of the WINNER (Women into the New Network for Entrepreneurial Reinforcement) network of partner organizations, Kasipagan, is showing the way to tackling mothers’ dual roles in their families i.e. taking care of pre-school age children and babies needing special attention while doing work to earn a living.

Unlike the normal model of turning over children to day-care centers before reporting for work and fetching them at the end of a work day, the women-mothers of Kasipagan have their children entrusted to trained personnel at the same place where they work. These women do cross-stitch embroidery after having undergone training conducted by experienced members.

The association directly benefits over 200 mothers whose children have once been malnourished. At one time these mothers had their children confined at a malnutrition rehabilitation center. Today the women are gainfully engaged in cross-stitch embroidery production which has been organized and managed by the association.

The association directly benefits over 200 mothers whose children have once been malnourished. At one time these mothers had their children confined at a malnutrition rehabilitation center. Today the women are gainfully engaged in cross-stitch embroidery production which has been organized and managed by the association. Occasionally, foreign buying agents would visit Kasipagan at trade shows or at its production shop to place orders for their customers abroad.

Kasipagan is a community initiative in San Carlos, Negros Occidental, whose aim is to strengthen the capability of its members to provide for their families’ needs. Membership consists mostly of wives of sugarfarm workers and out of school girls.

The women produce exquisitely hand- embroidered (cross-stitch) ladies’ bags and purses, wallets, throw pillows and gift boxes and various novelty items which appeal to buyers from Europe (Switzerland). Established in 1989, Kasipagan has received various recognition plaques and trophies from award-giving bodies, including the GTZ Hamis Awards and Sikap Awards. Aside from WINNER membership, it is also part of with the Association of Negros Producers, Association of Partners for Fair Trade, Philexport Confederation and Council of Women of San Carlos, Negros Occidental.

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