MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur(PIA)–Social enterprises run by youth organizations in Lanao del Sur conveyed their gratefulness to the 3rd Ranaw Project Grant Program (RPGP) for the support they received for their respective advocacies.
Particular organizations, to wit, Kapagaroy sa Walay, Polybricks, Green by Design, Kakaw Meranaw and Malami, received an additional P75,000 grant from the Office of Provincial Board Member Jamil Faisal “Jeff” Adiong and the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) as their social enterprises were assessed to have performed well.
Kakaw Meranaw’s Sittie Aisah Balt expressed her group’s happiness as the amount could be a great help in augmenting necessary equipment and compensating their community partner to at least encourage them to go on with the social enterprise which is to produce locally made chocolates.
Kapagaroy sa Walay’s Hania Abbas Amer shared that as one that makes products out of mushrooms, she is planning to utilize the grant to build their own mushroom growing house and improve the water access in their area through purchasing a water pump.
“Ang mushroom production ay naintroduce na sa aming lugar. Ang problema ay nagka-war kaya nawala ang karamihan ng mga farmer doon na nagtatanim ng mushroom. Ibabalik ko ulit ang mushroom production sa aming lugar kaya maraming salamat dahil natulungan kaming ibangon muli ang aming buhay,” she said.
[The mushroom production was already introduced in our place. The problem is war happened, that is why most of the farmers there who plant mushrooms vanished. I will bring back the mushroom production in our area, that is why thank you so much because we are aided in restoring our lives.]
Amer added that they are also planning to give 10% of their grant to orphans of their community partner and employ the jobless in the area.
Antap Ahmad Noainy, on the part of Malami which produces calamansi beverages, extended their gratitude as they are more fueled to pursue their advocacy of helping the community in Brgy. Papandayan where the dumpsite of the city is currently situated.
Meanwhile, Shallahudin Cosain of Polybricks, a producer of bricks out of plastic, thanked the sponsors as they realized that the youth in the city and the province of Lanao del Sur also have the potential to run their own social enterprises.
He shared that part of their proceeds will go to the children in Brgy. Papandayan as well considering their life status.
With the plans of these recipient groups, they unanimously called on other sponsors and organizations to heed the youth as they also have an advantageous mindset waiting to be nurtured.
“We hope na ang mga sponsor at organization ay magkaroon pa ng initiatives to help us and others kasi marami pang mga kabataan na brilliant ang ideas na pwede sanang makatulong,” said Cosain.
[We hope that sponsors and organizations will have more initiatives to help us and others because the youth still have lots of brilliant ideas that can be of help.] (CRG/PIA-Lanao del Sur)
Photo 1: Malami organization that supports the community in Brgy. Papandayan, Marawi City shows off their product which are calamansi beverages. The group says they are thankful to the Office of Board Member Jeff Adiong and its sponsors for conducting the 3rd Ranaw Project Grant Program (RPGP) which helped them pursue their advocacy of helping children in the dumpsite. (PIA-Lanao del Sur)
Photo 2: Polybricks organization presents its product which is a brick made out of plastic. Representative Shallahudin Cosain says they are grateful as the youth in Lanao del Sur are recognized to have potential. (PIA-Lanao del Sur)