Sapian farmers thrive through DSWD help

ROXAS CITY — The Agkaningay Farmers Livelihood Association (AFLA) shared its success story through the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Sustainable Livelihood Program.

The AFLA got a P300,000.00 capital grant from DSWD-SLP given on October 14, 2019, which they used to start their agricultural supplies store.

In the third quarter of 2020, their gross sales reached P75,794.00.

“Dako gid ang nabulig sa amon kag pati na diri sa palibot namon ang ini nga proyekto. Mabudlay pero sa bulig sang tagsa-tagsa nagamag-an ang ubra (The project has been a big help to us, association members, as well as to our community. It is not that easy but with the help of everyone, the load becomes lighter),” said Lolita Padrogado, ALFA auditor.

Sitio Agkaningay is a far-flung portion of Barangay Bilao, Sapian. It is rich in agricultural lands and the primary livelihood activity is farming, the DSWD said in a press release.

Locals need to travel for almost an hour to buy agricultural and farming products from nearby towns as supplies are not enough, which was the reason why ALFA was formed.

ALFA has now 30 members.*