Lasallian Community Development Center (LCDC) is helping micro entrepreneurs in Cavite province to grow their business through the Angking Galing Entrepinoy (AGE) project.
LCDC, the outreach agency of De La Salle University Dasmarinas which recently surpassed China’s Guinness Record while crowdsourcing funds for scholars, has been training self-employed micro entrepreneurs through practicum programs and giving them business exposure in bazaars and trade fairs held in the Cavite campus.
Good News Pilipinas! Radio Live on DLSU-D 95.9 Green FM interviewed Allan Esponilla of AGE who attested to how LCDC has been helping micro entrepreneurs like himself.
Esponilla, AGE board member and owner of Neo’s Buns Overload, recalls that AGE Cavite started when LCDC implemented their 10-week basic entrepreneur training.
LCDC saw an opportunity and gave them the chance to set up a bazaar inside the campus that served as a practicum for the training, he added.
“Binigyan nila kami ng pagkakataon na magtinda dito, pinaka practicum po ng pagaaral namin (They gave us a chance to sell inside the campus as part of our practicum learning),” Esponilla told Good News Pilipinas! Radio Live hosts Krizzia Nieva and JC Santos.
From there Espinolla and entrepreneurs from the AGE Cavite project realized that they needed to become a group to expand their market and grow.
Government agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry and the Provincial Cooperative Livelihood & Entrepreneurial Development Office, and different schools from Cavite also supported AGE Cavite by training them basic management and entrepreneur skills.
The AGE officer states the goals of the group AGE:
- to help micro small entrepreneurs in Cavite grow
- to support small and medium-sized enterprises who sell their self-made products
- teaching them basic knowledge about entrepreneurship
- giving them opportunity to sell their own products
“Number one ano po natin talaga is matulungan ung mga micro small entrepreneur natin sa Cavite, especially po ung mga SME natin na isinusulong ang mga gawa nilang products (Our first priority is to help MSE and SMEs promoting their products),” according to Espinolla.
He adds that the AGE group also engages in community service to empower the people in need.
The LCDC livelihood program of DLSU-D is intended to assist budding entrepreneurs in the promotion the development and marketing of local products through enterprise development projects such as trade exhibit, micro, small and medium enterprise support, and capacity building, and training projects.
WATCH the FB Live video of the Angking Galing Entrepinoy interview on Good News Pilipinas! Radio Live on DLSU-D 95.9 Green FM
With reports from Marclee Agustin.
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