Mrs Estelita Dizon, a resident of Brgy. Banaban, Angat, Bulacan, was one of the participants who attended the Bag and Banig Making Livelihood Training Project of Angat LGU-DSWD under the previous administration’s BUB program for the year 2016. The project aimed to help solo parents and the unemployed to acquire skills which they can use as a tool to generate income for their families and pave the way for poverty alleviation and enhance self reliance. Mrs Dizon used the skills she acquired from the said livelihood training project and started to make simple purses and bags made from recycled materials such as used aluminum coffee sachets, glossy papers from used magazines and brochures and drinking straws. It was difficult at first, but because of her strong determination to improve her craft, she persistently practiced and gradually produced quality bags of different styles, checkbook and cellphone pouches and purses. Another difficulty she encountered was finding the market for her products. She started selling to her friends and neighbours, and by word of mouth, she started getting orders. Thankfully, she was approached by one of Angateño’s Pride members, an organization which was also a product of DTI-BUB-Angat LGU project, and she was offered membership. So, at present, she is selling her products every Sundays in front of Angat Municipal Hall, together with other quality food products made by co-members. Her products are also being sold at Angat Development and Credit Cooperative office. Currently, her products are slowly gaining popularity among the locals. She hopes to widen her market and be known not just locally but all throughout the country, and ultimately, globally. She knows it is still a long way to go, but her determination is so strong and she intends to overcome all the challenges she is facing. And with continuous assistance from the local government by way of additional trainings, failure is not an option.

Once again, the saying “teach a man how to fish “… is very true in this story. Strong determination, persistence, hard work and continue dreaming are major keys to success…

As fellow Angateños, let us take part in realizing her dream by patronizing and referring her products to friends and acquaintances. Aside from readymade products, she also accepts orders to suit your needs.

God bless us all!!!

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