Eighty women community partners in Brgy. Bulalo, Sultan Kudarat were trained on Inaul apparel making on November 26-30, 2018. The participating women are part of The Moropreneur Incorporated’s Women Empowerment through Craft (WE Craft) Project from Sitio Damaniyog and Sitio Lu-eia.
The product development training aimed to use Inaul weaved by the community partners to produce products such as wallets, purse, tote bags, etc.
“We have learned how to make bags, wallet, and other items which can be developed for business,” Sadiya Usman, one of the community partners from Sitio Damaniyog said.
Even though some of the community partners are already skilled in Inaul weaving, some of them also struggled during the training because they have a minimal knowledge on sewing.
“It was hard for me at the beginning because for the first time in my life, I have held a needle and a thread. But at least now, I already have experience and I will use this skill to produce wallets and other products.” Saguira Magon, said.
She also expressed her hope for the success of these products in order to innovate more complicated products. “We also want to learn how to sew dresses made from Inaul,” she added.
Lara Sadang of Sitio Lu-eia expressed her hope for their organization and their product, “We want our products to be sold in other areas like Davao, Manila, and even in other countries.
Furthermore, Sadang said that “We can make these products even when we are resting in our homes. We can do it on our free time and it will not hamper our daily activities. We can continue making it while taking care of our families.”
“We hope that our business will be successful so that we will be able to help more women. We also hope that we can pass our skills to our children in the future,” she also added.
“We are very thankful because we were given an opportunity to earn income on our own. I am also encouraging my fellow women to participate in these kind of activities especially those that enables them to earn and help their communities at the same time.” Rohana Tanduan of Brgy. Bulalo said.
The Inaul apparels produced by the community partners will still undergo further product development to ensure quality and marketability.