MANILA, Philippines – Poor farmers of Gingoog City were trapped in a cycle.
Money from rice or corn trickled in only at the end of every harvest. For the rest of the planting calendar, the families waited, penniless or in debt until the next cycle.
Then came a livelihood project with a big heart and ambition, and a business plan.
For the past four years, Katilingbanong Pamahandi sa Mindanaw Foundation Inc. (KPMFI) has been converting poor households in the rural communities of Misamis Oriental into small businesses.