Dinagat Island Families Benefit from Microfinance for Lobster Growing

For 30 years, Rosalina Caliwan's family has been dependent on a half hectare rice field where they work as tenants to make ends meet. Nicasio, Rosalina's husband, has become sickly and it had been up to Rosalina to find additional income and send their three children to school. There were times when there were not enough food and money to buy important needs like medicine. But giving up has not been an option for Rosalina's family.

Farmer's Field School in Agusan del Sur Show Learning Leads to Higher Earning

In Agusan del Sur, vegetable farmers have proven that learning about new technology in farming, and actually applying it, can lead to better life.

When the Philippine Cold Chain Project (PCCP) and its partner, East West Seed Company, started implementing its Farmer's Field School (FFS) project in Barangay Dakutan, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, members of the beneficiary group, the Luna-Beawan Vegetable Producers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CROBEVPMPC),

Lobster Growers in Surigao Gain Higher Income with Post-Harvest Technology

Meriflor "Merry" Lepio is one of the many residents in the village of Baybay in Surigao City engaged in lobster growing as their main source of livelihood. For five years now, she and her family had been tending to their small lobster culture business. But earnings were low and there was not enough capital to continue their enterprise. She had had to rely on financiers to fund her business. "In my eagerness to manage and finance my own lobster venture, I decided to get a salary loan from a microcredit institution in Surigao City.” Using the loan, they bought and managed a hundred pieces of lobster fry amounting to 30,000 pesos ($680 US dollars).

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