IRRI employees’ cooperative sponsors livelihood training for women in host communities

 Alaric Santiaguel   |  
Ganda Mo, Hanapbuhay Ko (GMHK) 2014

The Institute strives to develop positive, productive and collaborative projects on education, livelihood and health and nutrition to serve our host communities beyond our rice research.

Since 2005, IRRI provides livelihood training programs for women residing in Los Baños and Bay, the two host towns of the Institute.  On its 10th year, IRRI Partnerships Office continuous its strong partnership with Ang-Hortaleza Foundation, Inc. (AHFI) in conducting Ganda Mo, Hanapbuhay Ko (GMHK), an annual 5-day livelihood training course.  The project has since graduated 232 women on basic cosmetology course on hair styling and nail care.

The IRRI Employees Credit and Development Cooperative (ECDC) donated six thousand pesos (Php 6,000.00) for the GMHK training. “The ECDC is more than happy to support IRRI’s programs that aim to help the local community,” said  Patria Gonzales, member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Social Advocacy Committee of the ECDC. “The cooperative is happy to sponsor IRRI’s initiative to help women generate income and contribute to their communities. It is a privilege and joy for the cooperative to be a part of programs that empower women.”

The PO partners with AHFI, which will provide beauty care training consultants and materials for the course. More than sixty  women have registered for the livelihood program that will be held on 26-30 October.  All participants will receive beauty starter kit from the AHFI to help get them started.

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