The Income Generation program aims to build economic capacity and stability, contributing to an overall increase of the families’ economic condition. Ventures under the program are needs based livelihood projects operating to make communities economically functional and sustainable. Aside from its economic objective, livelihood programs also develop the skills of its members while utilizing local materials and resources within their respective communities.
Good Neighbors International Philippines (GNIP) and the Tingloy Community Operations Group (TiCOG) have officially launched the Good Bakery on June 25, 2013, in Tingloy, Batangas. The bakery project under the Tingloy Community Development Project (TICDP) is just one of GNIP’s income-generating projects, implemented to give the communities an opportunity to have additional sources of income and learn new skills, eventually making them economically independent and self-sustaining.
To update the sponsors about their sponsored children’s status, GNIP organizes an Annual Child Letter (ACL) activity with the help of the community development committee/community sponsorship facilitators (CDC/CSF). The ACL is a way through which the children share their stories and express their appreciation to their sponsors in forms of letters and drawings. The sponsors are also given the opportunity to send special gifts to their sponsored children—they could be in the form of a gift, money, or a letter (GML). And every December, GNIP conducts a Christmas party for all the sponsored children in the respective CDPs. The sponsorship program has allowed GNIP to reach out to around 80,000 people from its CDP areas through community development programs.
The bakery will be operated by TiCOG, an association composed of 35 members and registered with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). GNIP, as TiCOGs partner, provided for the initial capital and technical support (i.e., hiring of a master baker to train a few members on bread baking) and shouldered the building rental for one year. Mr. Ann Hung Goo, the GNIP country director, pointed out two main points in his message to the association members: First, the association has to maintain an organized structure, which is important in order to define the specific tasks of each member for the day-to-day operation of the bakery. Second, the bakery is considered as a business; thus, a proper accounting system is very important, especially that the association desires business expansion in the future.