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Breads and Sunshine

Amy Chua | Nov. 30, 2017

Anyone who happens to see the display of breads in the bakery along the main street of Sitio Sirawan in Davao City will probably find them looking delightful. Being the only bakery in the area, the Sunshine Bakery caters to the sitio and its neighboring communities. But Sunshine’s breads are more than just how they look. Behind the making of these breads is a story of hope and new beginnings.

Aboitiz Foundation, together with Therma South, Davao Light, and Pilmico, assists the Sunshine Multi-Purpose Cooperative towards realizing their dreams of better lives. Through the support, the cooperative members have been trained on bread and pastry production. This training led to the members’ NC-II Certification on Bread and Pastry Production, which made them certified bakers. Today, the cooperative earns an additional PHP3,000 – PHP5,000 a day from the bakeshop and is now a customer of Pilmico for their flour needs.

Leonora Intong, a mother of five, is a member of Sunshine Multi-Purpose Cooperative. Ate Nora is also the wife of the coop’s chairman, Menandro. The smile on her face never fades as she shares the story of how their cooperative manages the bakery so that it can continuously provide additional income to its members.

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“Napakalaking bagay ang maayos na pamumuno ng kooperatiba. Hindi naging madali ang karanasan ng aming kooperatiba mula sa mga naunang namuno dito, ngunit sa pagpupursigi ng mga miyembro, ang malalim na mithiing gumaan ang buhay ng bawat isa sa amin, at ang mga tumutulong upang maisakatuparan ang mithiing ito, ito na kami ngayon- umuunlad,” (An effective cooperative leadership helps a lot. Our cooperative was not managed well before, but with the perseverance of the members, our deep aspiration for better lives and those helping realize our aspirations, we are now progressing,” Ate Nora shared.

 

(From L-R) Wilfredo Sevilla, Manager SUFAMCO; Menrado Intong, Chairman of the Board SUFAMCO; Nestor Gilves, Jr., Vice Chairperson of SUFAMCO; and Leonora Intong, Secretary of SUFAMCO with Aboitiz Foundation FVP and COO Maribeth Marasigan and Operations AVP Danny Cerence.

 

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This is the kind of story that the Aboitiz Group hopes to hear from the communities. With various units working together to advance business and communities by co-creating safe, empowered, and sustainable communities, our goal is to implement integrated projects so that business and communities grow together.

With the cooperative’s renewed management and the new source of livelihood provided, Sunshine MPC enters a new beginning towards better lives for each of its members. In the coming months, the cooperative will start to expand their market by supplying to school and office canteens, including that of TSI.

Asked about their secret to the coop’s success, Ate Nora answered: “Tiyaga, sipag, pagtutulungan, at ang nais namin na tumulong sa iba- iyan ang nagpapalago ng aming negosyo. (Perseverance, diligence, teamwork, and our goal of helping others- these make our enterprise grow.)”

 

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