The Embassy of Australia, through its Direct Aid Program (DAP), formally turned over P1 million worth of fixtures and equipment to Caritas Margins for its Caritas Margins Store and Café.
Her Excellency Ambassador Amanda Gorely, with Australian Embassy DAP Resource Officer Doris Avila, led the ceremonial turnover to the officials of Caritas Margins.
This is the third time that the Australian Embassy has given its support to Caritas Margins, and we are grateful for it. We can use this grant to achieve product development, packaging and marketing for the products of our poor micro entrepreneurs.
In the past, the Australian Embassy, through DAP, had also helped Caritas Margins put up a center for food production and a sewing-production center. These projects continue helping more than 50 urban poor partners from Tondo, Manila, and East Rembo, Makati City.
Gorely also expressed her gratitude to Caritas Manila for its continuous effort in empowering women.
“Caritas Margins has shown how it is a sustainable business, which, very important, is largely run and driven by women, which is also a very important thing, as well as empowering women and providing livelihood to them, has a flow-on effect to the rest of the community and to their families,” Gorely said.
Caritas Margins is a church social enterprise that markets quality products of poor microentrepreneurs all over the Philippines. It works hand-in-hand with the Caritas Manila’s livelihood program, providing skills training, like tailoring, food processing and
production of herbal soaps, perfumes and home-care products. It helps the livelihood of poor communities by encouraging their entrepreneurial spirit.
To date, Caritas Margins supports over 900 microentrepreneurs in Metro Manila and the provinces by providing them livelihood opportunities and in marketing their products.
Caritas Margins revenues also benefit the flagship program of Caritas Manila, the Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program, which supports more than 5,000 youth scholars nationwide.
To learn more about Caritas Margins, visit www.margins.org.ph. To donate and support Caritas Manila’s programs for the poor, visit www.caritasmanila.org.ph or call DonorCare lines (+632) 563-9311, 564-0205, (+63) 999-7943455, (+63) 905-4285001, and (+63)929-8343857.
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