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About the company
The Cagayan de Oro Handmade Paper Craft Company was started by Lolita B. Cabanlet 14 years ago when she started making paper with a blender in her kitchen. Today, the company is exporting its products to markets around the world. They have a vision that combines the entrepreneurial endeavours of the Cabanlets with the desire to assist the unemployed and underprivileged members of the community.
Total grant funding approved: ECF A$407,139
About the project
The project will develop the abaca industry in more accessible areas to Cagayan de Oro City. It will engage over 900 families that have grown abaca but cannot sell their products due to poor transportation links between their villages and Cagayan de Oro City.
The project has three main components. These are:
Results December 2012
Cagayan De Oro: Training a local home-based workforce
Cagayan do Oro Handmade Papercrafts is located in Cagayan de Oro in northern Mindanao, Philippines and was awarded an ECF grant of A$407,139 to develop an abaca supply chain and expansion of a handmade paper making factory that uses abaca.
Cagayan de Oro contracts home-based workers to assemble and construct the cards and paper products The company has trained 88 local women and is currently working with 46 on an ongoing basis.
In many households, the home-based workers have also trained their family members (sisters, children, husbands) to support. They can be helped by 3–5 family members.
The average income for some suppliers is up to P95,000 (A$2,083) per year in 2010 and this is expected to increase in 2011.
“In 2007, we received an order for 1 million cards and therefore had to mobilise the whole community to help!” Luchi Cabanalet Cagayan de Oro founder Additionally Cagayan de Oro has also provided the 73 home-based workers with school supplies and scholarships for their children. This program was developed as many of the women indicated the main reason they were working was to fund school fees for children.