In one of the highlights during our last year’s General Assembly, Girlyn Pacalioga, an organic farmer-entrepreneur from Dumingag, Zamboanga Del Sur had unselfishly shared her technology on ‘organic’ soapmaking to the farmers while Lalai Regidor, a farmer-entrepreneur in the making quietly listened and took notes.
We were quite surprised to find out during our visit to their community across the 85-meter hanging bridge over Davao River in Sitio Mawato, Barangay Bantol, Marilog Disrtict, Davao City that in a span of six months Lailai has already been applying what she had learned from Girlyn – making a quality soap out of locally available ingredients like cacao, coconut and other herbs.
This increases her family’s savings and augmented their regular income, and provided the members of MAWAFA, their organization with a good opportunity to earn more in line with the elements of agroecology.
Lalai is a graduate of the 15-day training program of the Institute of Women’s Studies http://ssc.edu.ph/outreach-and-advocacies/institute-of-womens-studies/ along with 7 other women-leaders of Agro-Eco Philippines www.agroecophilippines.org.
One hundred 150 kilometers from the community of Lalai, Pinky Fernandez another graduate of IWS who works with her fellow organic farmers in the town of Compostela, Davao De Oro is now organizing a community-based soapmaking training with Lalai as their requested resource person.