LifeNets Initiates Livelihood Development Project in the Philippines that helps 18 people with fishing, goat raising and cocoa tablet making

April 4, 2003

Florante Siopan in Bacolod City, Philippines made a request to LifeNets for helping with a Livelihood Development Project in February.  The proposal fit perfectly with LifeNets philosophy of helping needy people in practical ways and helping them become self-sufficient.  Several people wrote proposals for micro-loans to help raise goats, buy fishing materials, construct a well and have help in order to manufacture cocoa tablets.  In mid-March, the projects were underway!

Here are the particulars:

From Leyte
1. Family 1                     goat raising            $150
2. Family 2                     cocoa tablet making      200
3. Family 3 and 4               goat raising             400

From Bacolod
1. Family 1                     fishing materials       $150
2. Family 2                     well construction        100

                                              Total    $1000

The cacao plant grows in the Philippines and the plant bears fruit when it is of age. Fruits have seeds which are roasted and ground  to become powder then form the finished product into shape of any size, wrap it with clean paper and it is ready for market to be sold. The tablet is consumed by placing it in a glass of hot water and adding a small amount of sugar, the stirred and drunk. The cocoa tablet is just like a chocolate in color though it has a different taste. So it is a food product.

The recipients are elderly people whose age ranges from 63 to 72 years old but are still fit to take care of their projects. 

You may be interested in this proposal --

Project Information

1.      Specific description of the program you are asking LifeNets to fund.

2.      A brief statement of the purpose of the project.

To augment the income of people involved in the project for family needs and also be able to contribute to others.

3.      How will this project benefit the intended people?

           It could benefit them in two ways:

4.      Approximate number of people to be served by this project.

 5.      Approximate age range of people participating in this project.
From 63 to 72 years old

 6.      List a few of the anticipated outcomes and how they can be measured.


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