The case study trails the growth of the women-led roscas-making enterprise of Barugo, Leyte. It shows how convergence efforts of national agencies, the local government as well as civil society supported a family enterprise such as roscas-making into a community livelihood towards a commercial enterprise.
This edition of “Convergence for Women’s Economic Empowerment” features growing successes and views of GREAT Women Project partner institutions, women’s economic empowerment champions and Project-assisted women microentrepreneurs based on Project interviews and case documentation. This edition also features a situationer on women’s economic opportunities in the Philippines. It is hoped that these stories would inspire local governments, relevant national agencies, civil society organizations and the private sector to develop and support the women microentrepreneurs in building our national economy.
The Great Women brand is the result of the partnership among the Philippine Commission on Women-Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) Project, the Enabling Communities with Hope and Opportunities Sustainable Initiatives (ECHOSI) Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes products of local enterprise groups (ECHOSI Foundation) and the convergence of national and local government agencies to introduce product development and market opportunities to economically empower women. With technical and funding assistance from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the partnership creating the GREAT Women brand guided women microentrepreneurs to develop community products throughout a four-tiered Intensive Design Clinic Series of the GREAT Women Project and the ECHOSI Foundation.
The case study discusses the development of bamboo craft enterprises in Tanauan, Leyte. It
also highlights the division of labor between women and men as well as challenges faced by
microenterpreneurs in bamboo craft making
This case study highlights the role of women and men in the pottery industry of Pavia, Iloilo as well as the challenges faced by the Pandac Pikpik Koron (PPPK), a women’s pottery association in the locality. The GREAT Women Project supported the Municipality of Pavia to create a local enabling environment responsive to the PPPK and other pottery makers.
This case study showcases the journey of DOLE’s Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) towards extending its services to microenterprises and the informal sector.
Through the interventions of the GREAT Women Project, it recognized the need to address the occupational safety and health issues of workers in the informal sector through various interventions such as policy advocacy, training, database and tools development, among others.
This case study shares the immediate results of GREAT Women Project interventions in the Municipality of Buenavista in Bohol. Through the project, the LGU improved its governance processes through transparent, participatory and gender-responsive decisionmaking processes, consequently, resulting to gender-responsive policies, plans and programs.
This case study highlights the role of as well as challenges faced by women and men in the ginger brew industry of Badiangan, Iloilo. The GREAT Women Project supported the Municipality of Badiangan to create a local enabling environment responsive to ginger brew producers.
The case study is on the development of anahaw crafts-making enterprise in Capoocan, Leyte. It also highlights two of its crafts – paypay weaving and sadok making – as well as challenges faced by its producers. Anahaw craft-making is the only existing cottage industry in Brgy. Guinadiongan in Capoocan and a major economic opportunity for women in the area.
This case study features pandan handicrafts making in Baybay, Leyte. It describes the processes involved in pandan handicrafts making, the challenges faced by its weavers and potential areas that can be supported by various service providers. It likewise features the Uplifted Plaridel Women’s Association for Rural Development (UPWARD), the association of women pandan weavers organized in Baybay.