Indigenous people living in the highlands, most of the T’boli tribe of Maasim, Sarangani province, have always struggled to attain higher forms of education vital to their development. Being hardworking people some have tried to venture into business, progressing their native way of life – farming. It is therefore an opportunity that these entrepreneurs are cultivated and given proper learning
“We were able to learn new things that we would usually not encounter here in the community, things only commerce graduates know. As Indigenous People we appreciate the education of learning how to operate our own business.”, says Jose Cambel Secretay of Maasim Coffee Growers Association one of the two participating associations in an Operational planning activity held last August 4 to 5, 2016 at Nomoh Integrated School, Maasim, Sarangani Province. The activity was also attended by the Maasim Holik Farmers Association.
The activity aims to produce an operation plan that shall provide the association personnel with a clear picture of their tasks and responsibilities. This is in line with the goals and objectives contained within their strategic plan. It was a crash course designed to make an operational plan which is understandable in layman.
"Reducing rural poverty through Agroentrepreneurship" is a scale-up intervention among coffee flagship groups of the former FARM Project.