A SPECIAL program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has helped the lives of 81 farmers living in a conflict-stricken area in Barangay Siapo, San Jose, Negros Oriental.
Upliftment in livelihood came to the Siapo residents through the agency’s Sustainable Livelihood Program-Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (SLP-Pamana), which aims to strengthen resilience to conflict by improving the socio-economic capabalities of communities and families.
In 2017, the 81 beneficiaries who registered themselves as the Hiniusang Magbabaol sa Siapo Association proposed for a rice retailing business.
The proposal was approved in the same year and the group was granted a seed capital of P500,000.
Since then, the grant through the SLP-Pamana has been helping the lives of members.
The association has an average monthly income of P300,000. Its tangible assets are worth P165,254.83, including its building and the lot.
The group has now grown into 90 members. It is looking to expand its business links and it will venture into online selling amid the Covid-19 pandemic.